HudsonAlpha to host Immunogenomics conference October 2-4

Huntsville, Ala. ━ Leading researchers from around the world will convene at HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology on Oct. 2-4, 2017 for the fifth annual Immunogenomics conference.

Immunogenomics lies at the intersection of immunology and genomics and explores the ways in which the human genome interacts with disease. The conference provides attendees the opportunity to engage in science discussions, network with experts and discover what’s next in the field of immunogenomics and how it will help shape the future of human health.

Conference speakers include Jian Han, MD, PhD, a HudsonAlpha faculty investigator and founder of associate company and conference sponsor iRepertoire; along with keynote speakers Harlan Robins, PhD, of Adaptive Biotechnologies, and Atul Butte, MD, PhD, of University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine.

Han will present on Tuesday, Oct. 3 during the Technology, Bioinformatics and Challenges session and discuss the immune repertoire, a theoretical record or “logbook” of all current and past infections someone has experienced.

“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. “However, current repertoire analysis methods are not inclusive enough, not sensitive enough, not quantitative enough, and not comprehensive enough. I will discuss how my lab is working to solve this problem.”

Han and HudsonAlpha Faculty Investigator Devin Absher, PhD, are conference organizers; along with Seth Thomas Scanlon, PhD, and Laura Zahn, PhD, of Science magazine.

“This is the fifth year we’ve hosted Immunogenomics and it keeps getting better and better,” said Absher. “Attendees will enjoy memorable keynote sessions, informative scientific talks and collaborative meeting facilities on HudsonAlpha’s unique campus.”

“Our faculty and researchers are actively contributing to the body of knowledge in the field of immunogenomics,” said Rick Myers, PhD, HudsonAlpha president and science director, “and we are looking forward to exciting conversations among all of the thought leaders who are gathering here in Huntsville.”

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About HudsonAlpha: HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to innovating in the field of genomic technology and sciences across a spectrum of biological challenges. Opened in 2008, its mission is four-fold: sparking scientific discoveries that can impact human health and well-being; bringing genomic medicine into clinical care; fostering life sciences entrepreneurship and business growth; and encouraging the creation of a genomics-literate workforce and society. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. Designed to be a hothouse of biotech economic development, HudsonAlpha’s state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. The relationships formed on the HudsonAlpha campus encourage collaborations that produce advances in medicine and agriculture. 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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