Absher Lab

Dr. AbsherDevin Absher, Ph.D. (read bio)
Faculty Investigator


Research interests

  • Complex disease genetics
  • Genomic analysis of cancer
  • Worldwide population genetics
  • Epigenetics and its role in human diseases and aging

Information for the science community can be found by going to the personal webpage Absher Lab.

HudsonAlpha researcher featured in OncLive article

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June 10, 2012


As the cost of sequencing and analyzing genetic data continues to fall, the nation’s leading cancer centers keep unveiling ambitious new clinical programs and research projects that will change the way every cancer specialist practices.
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, along with Brigham and Women’s Hospital, has launched one of the biggest research programs to date, in which the Boston, Massachusetts, centers seek to make the tumors of every patient with cancer a subject of genetic research.
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Tie the Ribbons luncheon brings awareness to breast and ovarian cancers

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The Huntsville Times
Date published: 
October 21, 2011

Dr. Debra Moriarity knew about breast cancer before it knew about her.

As a member of the biology faculty at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Moriarity studied breast cancer and had long decided that, with the knowledge she had gained, she wouldn't hesitate to undergo a double mastectomy should the cancer ever find her.

And when it did in 2005, Moriarity said "it was odd" being a victim of the disease she had studied.

The Cancer Genome Atlas completes detailed ovarian cancer analysis

HudsonAlpha Institute contributes to largest cancer genome study from NIH consortium
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HUNTSVILLE, Ala - Integrating 500 patient samples and multiple genomic technologies, The Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network has, according to a release by the National Institutes of Health, assembled the most comprehensive view of cancer genes for any cancer type to date.  The analyses of data are reported in the June 30 issue of Nature.

HudsonAlpha investigator part of study on human height

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September 29, 2010


UAB, HudsonAlpha scientists look to unlock rheumatoid arthritis clues

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The Birmingham News
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November 12, 2009

The University of Alabama at Birmingham will lead a five-year, $4.4 million effort to search for genetic links to rheumatoid arthritis in African-Americans.

Investigator earns “Quest for Excellence” award

Dr. Devin Absher, faculty investigator at HudsonAlpha, has been named one of the first recipients of the Sci-Quest “Quest for Excellence” award. The inaugural Mad Scientist Ball fundraiser, recently held at the Huntsville-based, hands-on science center, celebrated outstanding contributions by local individuals in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  This year's awards focused on individuals who bridge the gap between mathematics and its applications.


Gene linked with human kidney aging

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PLoS Genetics
Date published: 
October 15, 2009
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A gene has been associated with human kidney aging, according to researchers from Stanford University, the National Institute on Aging, the MedStar Research Institute, and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. In work published on October 16 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics, the investigators, including HudsonAlpha Faculty Investigators Rick Myers and Devin Absher, claim that their approach can be applied to any phenotype of interest to help find other genetic associations.

The ADVANCE Study and cardiovascular disease

HudsonAlpha Faculty Investigator Dr. Devin Absher is studying cardiovascular disease through a National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) granted research program. The Atherosclerotic Disease, VAscular functioN, and genetiC Epidemiology (ADVANCE) study originated as a collaboration between Stanford University and Kaiser Permanente of Northern California.

HudsonAlpha to begin study on aging

Absher Lab research associate Krista Stanton works with liquid-handling robots used for genotyping assays.Scientists at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology will soon be studying identical twins to better understand the aging process. Dr. Devin Absher, HudsonAlpha investigator, said the project team will work with collaborators in Washington and Sweden to look at DNA mutations that occur in the cells of adult twins. Funding for the four-year study comes from the Ellison Medical Foundation.

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