Faculty Investigator Nick Cochran, PhD, focuses his research efforts on genomic approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. He and his lab aim to better understand genetic changes that contribute to the development and progression of neurodegenerative diseases, as well as those that may increase an individual’s risk of disease.

The lab uses basic biology techniques, genetic association studies, and genome-wide functional genomics approaches to identify new gene candidates and risk variants in relevant genes involved in Alzheimer’s disease.

The lab currently focuses its efforts on the following areas:

  • Identifying new genes and genetic variants associated with neurodegenerative diseases or related phenotypes
  • Determining the mechanism of regulation of genes associated with neurodegenerative diseases or related phenotypes
  • Applying genome-wide approaches to assess the interaction between genetic variation and neurodegeneration-associated phenotypes

Recent News

September 1, 2021
HudsonAlpha is investing in its neurogenomics research through the addition of faculty investigator Nick Cochran, PhD. If his name sounds familiar, that is because Cochran was most recently a senior postdoctoral scientist in the l...
December 17, 2020
A research team from HudsonAlpha and Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine have identified a gene involved in the development of the cerebral cortex.
September 21, 2020
Researchers, like those at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, work tirelessly to gain a better understanding of the cause and pathology of Alzheimer disease in hopes that they can design more effective methods for treati...
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