HudsonAlpha conference to bring top researchers to the Rocket City

Huntsville, Ala. – Leading immunology and genomics researchers from around the globe will convene at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in Huntsville, Ala., October 1-3 for the 6th annual Immunogenomics conference.

Immunogenomics lies at the intersection of immunology and genomics and explores the ways in which the human genome interacts with disease. Researchers, students and academics will spend three days at HudsonAlpha having collaborative discussions about what’s next in the field and how it will help shape the future of human health.

In its sixth year, the Immunogenomics conference is truly international, attracting science leaders, faculty and students from a dozen countries who have the opportunity to learn more about not only HudsonAlpha, but also the Rocket City.

“Everyone who comes here always talks about how great the city of Huntsville is and how they enjoyed being on the HudsonAlpha campus,” said Devin Absher, PhD, faculty investigator at HudsonAlpha and conference organizer. “And at no other conference will you be able to eat dinner under the Saturn V rocket at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.”

Absher serves as a conference committee chair along with Jian Han, MD, PhD, a HudsonAlpha faculty investigator and founder of associate company and conference sponsor, iRepertoire. iRepertoire offers reagents and services to amplify and sequence the immune repertoire – a “logbook” of all current and past infections someone has experienced.

Jian Han, MD, PhD, speaking at IGC 2017.

“Immune repertoire is the best biomarker because our adaptive immune system uses these receptors as disease sensors in response to disease-specific antigens,” said Han.

Han will present during day three of the conference and discuss the latest research and developments from iRepertoire. In addition, conference attendees will hear keynote presentations from Jeff Bluestone, PhD, of the University of California, San Francisco; Mark Davis, PhD, of Stanford University; Ellen Rothenberg, PhD, of the California Institute of Technology; and Cisca Wijemga, PhD, of the University Medical Center Groningen.

Early registration rates are available now through September 6. HudsonAlpha is also offering discounts for academics, students, and nonprofit and government employees. To learn more and register, visit

About HudsonAlpha: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to developing and applying scientific advances to health, agriculture, learning, and commercialization. Opened in 2008, HudsonAlpha’s vision is to leverage the synergy between discovery, education, medicine, and economic development in genomic sciences to improve the human condition around the globe. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. The state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. HudsonAlpha has become a national and international leader in genetics and genomics research and biotech education and includes more than 30 diverse biotech companies on campus. To learn more about HudsonAlpha, visit

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