Adam Ruben is a writer, comedian, storyteller, and molecular biologist. For over a decade, he has performed at clubs, colleges, and private venues across the country, including at some of the best-known storytelling shows and comedy clubs. He is the author of Surviving Your Stupid, Stupid Decision to Go to Grad School (Random House, 2010), a satirical guide to the low points and, well, lower points of post-baccalaureate education.
For ten years, Adam has taught an undergraduate stand-up comedy class that has quickly become one of the most popular January “Intersession” courses at Johns Hopkins University, and he currently teaches storytelling with SpeakeasyDC. He writes the humor column “Experimental Error” in the otherwise respectable journal Science; he has also been seen and heard on the Food Network’s Food Detectives, the Science Channel’s Head Rush, and NPR’s All Things Considered. He currently appears on the Discovery Channel’s new show, You Have Been Warned, which premiered internationally in late 2012 and in the United States in April 2013 (under the name Outrageous Acts of Science).
His one-man show, Please Don’t Beat Me Up: Stories and Artifacts from Adolescence, debuted to rave reviews at the Capital Fringe Festival in July 2011. In addition to his day job developing a malaria vaccine at Sanaria Inc., Adam travels the country, performing his show as part of anti-bullying programs and talking about his book to audiences of disaffected grad students.
Adam lives with his wife, Marina Koestler Ruben, and their daughter, Maya, in Washington, DC.