The HudsonAlpha Tech Challenge, or HATCH, is a life sciences hackathon where participants compete to solve real-world issues faced by biotechnology researchers and innovators in genomics, genetics, and bioinformatics.
A research team from HudsonAlpha identified 97 candidate regulatory elements that control the expression of MAPT, a major gene involved in neurodegenerative diseases.
Applications are now open for summer internships at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville. Paid positions are available for undergraduate and master’s level graduate students.
HudsonAlpha internationally-renowned faculty members are committed to making impactful discoveries in genomics and genetics that improve health and create a more sustainable world.
Genetic architecture of morphologic variation
Greg Barsh, MD, PhD, Smith Family Chair in Genomics at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, studies the genetic mechanisms that underlie differences in individual appearance and that could give new insight into both basic biology and human disease.
Using genomics for crop improvement
Josh Clevenger, PhD, focuses on using genomics for crop improvement, especially crops in the southeast and Alabama.
Genomic approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer disease and other dementias.
Nick Cochran, PhD, focuses on genomic approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer disease and other dementias, with an end goal to improve the lives of those affected by neurodegenerative diseases.
Human Genetics and Genomics
Greg Cooper, PhD, researches the structures, functions and evolutionary histories of human genomes, with an emphasis on applying genomic approaches to study human disease.
Sara Cooper, PhD, focuses on combining metabolomics with genomics and applying that data to pancreatic and ovarian cancer.
Genomic resource development for plants
Jane Grimwood, PhD, co-directs the Genome Sequencing Center at HudsonAlpha, managing one of the few centers in the world that produces, analyzes, and interprets genomic data on economically important plant species to improve crop breeding and other agricultural practices. In 2022, she was named Loretta Purdy Spencer Chair in Genomics.
Plant Reproductive, Evolutionary, and Comparative Genomics
Alex Harkess , PhD studies plant reproductive, evolutionary, and comparative genomics. His research has focused on the evolution and function of small RNA pathways, the evolution of sex chromosomes in plants, and broad-scale comparative genomics.
Genomic and genetic analysis of human traits and diseases.
Richard M. Myers, PhD, is Chief Scientific Officer, President Emeritus, ]M. A. Loya Chair in Genomics, and Faculty Investigator at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. The Myers lab focuses on using genomics tools and genetics to understand how changes in gene expression contribute to human health and disease, as well as to basic biological processes.
Whole genome sequencing and assembly, population genomics
Jeremy Schmutz co-directs the Genome Sequencing Center at HudsonAlpha, managing one of the few centers in the world that produces, analyzes and interprets genomic data on economically important plant and organism species to improve crop breeding and other agricultural practices.
Understanding the role of the rhizome in resource reallocation and perenniality.
Kankshita Swaminathan, PhD, studies the role of the rhizome in nutrient storage and reproduction in plants. She is interested in how perennial plants remobilize nutrients year after year.
Since opening its doors in 2008, HudsonAlpha has further secured its role as a global leader in biotechnology and genomic research. We’ve made discoveries in ALS, childhood genetic disorders and kidney cancer; expanded research in bipolar and schizophrenia and continued critical research in other devastating conditions, including cancer, Parkinson’s, lupus, multiple sclerosis and more.
Our agriscience team specializes in applying genomic techniques to understand how plants function in response to environmental stimuli. The HudsonAlpha Genome Sequencing Center is a global leader in providing de novo whole genome sequencing, assembly and analysis.
A thriving ecosystem that develops and applies genomic advances to make a better world.