Professor Adrian Korbel is a fictional character in the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless, portrayed by American actor Eyal Podell from September 18, 2006 to August 5 2008 on a contract status. He then became a recurring character on the show.
Adrian also began a flirtation with Amber Moore (Adrienne Frantz), who arrived in Genoa City and became a singer at the Indigo club. He soon broke up with Amber after finding out that Colleen and J.T. broke up.
He and Colleen have since slept together several times. However they are torn between their feelings for each other and the need to do the "right" thing, as teacher/student. They have broken off the relationship several times, but appear unable to remain apart. After a romantic Valentine's evening together, Colleen discovers incriminating evidence in Adrian's apartment linking him to the disappearance of Jana Hawkes and the murder of Carmen Mesta. She rushed out of his apartment and was kidnapped. Adrian then came under the scrutiny of the police.
It turns out Jana Hawkes (Emily O'Brien) was the one who kidnapped Colleen and had been trying to frame Korbel. She locked her in a freezer, along with Jana's boyfriend Kevin Fisher (Greg Rikaart), intending for Kevin to take the fall. They were both rescued by Adrian and J.T.
Adrian professed his love for Colleen while she was unconscious in the hospital.
In March 2007, Adrian got a call from the dean at the university that she found out about Colleen and Adrian's relationship. Colleen demanded for Adrian to lie to the dean about their relationship but Adrian refused because of what could happen. But he eventually agreed and went with Colleen. Afterwards, the dean told Adrian that the case of their relationship had been dropped. Adrian decided to continue his relationship with Colleen, telling Colleen that they had to become "secret lovers".
However, one morning, as Adrian and Colleen were passionately kissing in her uncle Jack's (Peter Bergman) living room, Sharon (Sharon Case) came downstairs and discovered them. She told a furious Brad shortly after. However, Adrian and Colleen continued dating. Adrian then asked Colleen to move with him to Paris because of a job offer he'd received at a museum. But Brad interfered and donated a painting to the museum in exchange for not hiring Adrian in an effort to keep Colleen from leaving.
A few months later, Colleen began helping new friend Kevin locate Jana. Adrian wanted Colleen to be no part of Kevin's scheme, which resulted in a heated debate between the two. After Jana fell for their plot, Colleen left town for a while to visit her mother. Once she returned, she and Adrian forgave each other. After learning that Jana's behavior could have been caused by a brain tumor, Kevin and Colleen rushed to her aid, bringing them closer together and making Adrian jealous.
Colleen and Adrian's relationship progressed when Adrian asked her to move in with him. Since, his book about Colleen's grandmother's heroic efforts in WW2 is on its way to be published. Additionally, he was asked by the Dean to return to GCU to teach a night class. Adrian, like many GC citizens was trapped in the parking lot collapse in Clear Springs. He was stuck with Victoria and helped make her comfortable. They were eventually rescued, but only after Adrian got a piece of rebar impaled in his leg.
They have since broken up, and Adrian and Amber slept together while Daniel was away with his father on tour. Korbel got a job at Restless Style and was in charge of writing the article about Sabrina Newman (Raya Meddine), but unaware to him, Jack Abbot changed the content of the article in the benefit of enlarging the sales of the magazine. Korbel was disappointed by this, and then decided to move to Maine.