- Complex disease genetics
- Genomic analysis of cancer
- Worldwide population genetics
- Epigenetics and its role in human diseases and aging
Information for the science community can be found by going to the personal webpage Absher Lab.
Dr. Debra Moriarity knew about breast cancer before it knew about her.
As a member of the biology faculty at the University of Alabama in Huntsville, Moriarity studied breast cancer and had long decided that, with the knowledge she had gained, she wouldn't hesitate to undergo a double mastectomy should the cancer ever find her.
And when it did in 2005, Moriarity said "it was odd" being a victim of the disease she had studied.
HudsonAlpha Institute contributes to largest cancer genome study from NIH consortium
HUNTSVILLE, Ala - Integrating 500 patient samples and multiple genomic technologies, The Cancer Genome Atlas Research Network has, according to a release by the National Institutes of Health, assembled the most comprehensive view of cancer genes for any cancer type to date. The analyses of data are reported in the June 30 issue of Nature.
The University of Alabama at Birmingham will lead a five-year, $4.4 million effort to search for genetic links to rheumatoid arthritis in African-Americans.
A gene has been associated with human kidney aging, according to researchers from Stanford University, the National Institute on Aging, the MedStar Research Institute, and the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. In work published on October 16 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics, the investigators, including HudsonAlpha Faculty Investigators Rick Myers and Devin Absher, claim that their approach can be applied to any phenotype of interest to help find other genetic associations.