Contact Info

Email: [email protected]
Location: 601 Genome Way, Huntsville, AL 35806

Josh Clevenger, PhD

Josh Clevenger, PhD, joined HudsonAlpha as a faculty investigator in 2020. His research focuses on using genomics for crop improvement, especially crops in the southeast and Alabama. Clevenger previously worked for Mars-Wrigley on the nut science team, designing and executing nut genetic improvement projects on all 5 continents where peanuts grow and as a USDA-NIFA postdoctoral fellow on further developing peanut genomic tools. Josh Clevenger graduated from The University of Georgia’s Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, & Genomics in 2016. He played a large role in the industry-led peanut genome initiative, developing genomic tools and markers for molecular breeding.

2016 – PhD in Plant Breeding, Genetics, & Genomics, University of Georgia

2012 – MS in Horticulture and Crop Science, The Ohio State University

2009 – BS in Biology and Philosophy, Baldwin-Wallace University

2019-present – American Peanut Research and Education Society publications committee chair

2018-19 – Industry representative, IPGI subcommittee on future of peanut research

2017-18 – Chair of PeanutBase Advisory Committee

Member International Peanut Genome Initiative (IPGI)

Peer reviewer for G3, Molecular Plant, The Plant Journal, Annals of Botany, BMC Genomics,

The Plant Genome, and Molecular Breeding

2016 – UGARF Cultivar Development Research Program review committee

2015 – Committee for Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics, & Genomics curriculum review

2016 – Outstanding ranking – USDA-NIFA AFRI postdoctoral fellowship

2016 – Joe Sugg Graduate Student Award – APRES annual meeting

2015 – James L. Carmon Scholarship for innovative use of computing 

2015 – Glenn and Helen Burton Feeding the Hungry Scholarship 

2015 – Bailey Award for best-presented paper – APRES annual meeting

2013-2015 – PhD Scholar of Excellence Fellowship – University of Georgia

2010 – University Fellowship – The Ohio State University

Recent News

September 14, 2020
Americans consume about 700 million pounds of peanut butter each year, but how much do you actually know about the star of the nutty spread?  For starters, peanuts are not actually nuts. Because the edible seeds are enclosed in a...
March 30, 2020
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is expanding its plant research through the addition of research faculty member Josh Clevenger, PhD.

Lab Members


Josh Clevenger, PhD

Faculty Investigator

Walid Korani, PhD

Computational Biologist

Prasenjit Saha, PhD

Research Associate IV

Haley Hale

Lab Coordinator

Courtney Valerio

Project Manager