Dozens of high schoolers, college students and professionals participated in HATCH, hosted by The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and Huntsville Nonprofit Urban Engine this past weekend.
PhD Student Laramie Aközbek recently received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship to fund a project looking at the symbiotic relationship between the Southern wax myrtle tree (Morella cerifera) and its bacterial partner Frankia.
The HudsonAlpha Tech Challenge, or HATCH, is a life sciences hackathon where participants compete to solve real-world issues faced by researchers in genomics, genetics and biotechnology. This year’s event will take place in person on the HudsonAlpha campus.
HudsonAlpha internationally-renowned faculty members are committed to making impactful discoveries in genomics and genetics that improve health and create a more sustainable world.
Genomic and genetic analysis of human traits and diseases.
Richard M. Myers, PhD, President and Science Director and M. A. Loya Chair in Genomics at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. The Myers lab focuses on applying functional genomics and genetics approaches to understanding how genes and regulatory regions contribute to basic biology, human disease, responses to the environment and population genetics.
Epigenomic analysis of complex human traits and diseases
Devin Absher, PhD, uses the epigenome to study complex diseases and traits, especially autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer and aging.
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.
Technology development to advance medical science
Jian Han, MD, PhD, focuses on developing integrated solutions for molecular differential diagnosis and mapping the personalized immunorepertoire.
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.
Educational outreach relating to genetics, genomics and biotechnology
Neil Lamb, PhD, oversees all educational programming developed at HudsonAlpha as vice president for educational outreach. Lamb creates innovative teacher training, student experiences, public enrichment, classroom kits and digital resources that re-shape how science education is delivered.
Technology development and automation, informatics, genomic variation
Shawn Levy, PhD, uses high performance genotyping and sequencing technologies to support projects from plant and animal phylogenetic studies to translational and clinical based projects at the Genomic Services Laboratory and the Clinical Services Laboratory.
PhD in Philosophy, Bowling Green State University
How genetics can address adoptees’ lack of family health history
Thomas May, PhD, is interested in the intersection of medicine; public health; and moral, social and political philosophy, with a special interest in autonomy and healthcare.
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.
To leverage the synergy between discovery, education, medicine, and economic development in genomic sciences to improve the human condition around the globe.