Alyssa M. Adams

Formally, I am a PhD student at Arizona State University in Physics. However, I'm not a discipline-driven researcher; I am a question-driven one. Although my degree will officially say "Physics", I use whatever tools from whatever discipline that will best address the questions I study. I other words, I study theory of computation, biology, statistics, and philosophy as much as I study physics. I work under Dr. Sara Walker who leads the Emergence Lab, which focuses on the origins of life on Earth and in the universe. My favorite question to study is this: "What makes life different than non-life?" All my projects are centered on this topic.

Dreaming big, I'd love to understand how the laws of physics compute biology. In other words, what is the program that computes life? I believe knowing this is the key to unlocking true artificial intelligence. Maybe someday, I'll be involved in programming the world's very-first true artificial intelligence.

Informally, I'm a dork who loves to build, create, and dream. Science is the most fun way to express my creativity while taking big dreams and making them tangible. I like to carve out unique spaces. My living space is full of crawlies: 5 humans, 2 cats, 2 ferrets, 3 axolotls, 1 dog, and the occasional stray gang of ants. In my internet space, science gets wafted everywhere. I love to hobby by sculpting and building miniature figurines and playing games with them. Did I mention that I love to play League of Legends? Add me as GigglePuss and I'll carry you on my tiny Teemo shoulders! Finally, I love animals and weird creatures and find myself attracted to all the wonderful biology in the world. Life is cool!