About Nick Cochran

Nick Cochran
Faculty Investigator

Email: ncochran@hudsonalpha.org
Location: 601 Genome Way, Huntsville, AL 35806

Genomic approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer disease and other dementias

Nick Cochran, PhD, joined HudsonAlpha as a faculty investigator in 2021. Cochran began at HudsonAlpha in 2015 as a postdoctoral fellow in the Myers lab. During his time at HudsonAlpha, Cochran has been a valuable contributor to the growth of the neurodegenerative disease research program. He led several projects that identified new gene candidates and risk variants in relevant genes involved in Alzheimer disease.

He also helped foster collaborations with international groups like the Research Dementia Latin America (ReDLat) consortium that aims to identify the unique genetic and socioeconomic/social determinants of health that drive Alzheimer disease and other dementias in Latin America.

His research focuses on genomic approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer disease and other dementias.

“My lab will focus on using genomic approaches to better understand neurodegenerative diseases, which we hope will lead to new approaches in diagnosis and treatment,” says Cochran. “I came to HudsonAlpha six years ago as a postdoc because I wanted to immerse myself in the world of genomics. I am excited to further my career as a faculty member here and continue to make discoveries with an end goal to improve the lives of those affected by neurodegenerative diseases.”

Cochran earned a PhD in neurobiology from University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2015, and a bachelor of chemical engineering from Auburn University in 2010.

2015 – PhD in Neurobiology, University of Alabama at Birmingham

2010 – Bachelor of Chemical Engineering, Auburn University

2020– K99/R00: NIH grant to study rare non-coding variation in neurodegeneration

2020– Tau 2020 lightning round winner

2019– BrightFocus foundation fellowship for an important Alzheimer gene (MAPT)

2016– UAB-HudsonAlpha T32 in Genomic Medicine

2015– UAB Outstanding Graduate Student in Neuroscience

2012– UAB Neurobiology of Cognition and Cognitive Disorders T32

2011– Howard Hughes Med-Grad Fellowship

2005– Full scholarship, Auburn University