Contact Info

Phone: 256-327-5267
Location: 601 Genome Way, Huntsville, AL 35806

Genomic Services Lab

Shawn Levy, PhD

Technology development and automation, informatics, genomic variation

Shawn Levy, PhD, is a faculty investigator and the founding director of the Genomic Services Laboratory (GSL) at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. He serves as executive director of the HudsonAlpha Clinical Services Laboratory, LLC., which he launched in 2014. Levy focuses on the development and application of genomic and bioinformatic technologies and methods to support scientific investigation. His team uses high performance genotyping and sequencing technologies to support projects from plant and animal phylogenetic studies to translational and clinical-based projects at the GSL. Levy is adjunct faculty in the department of genetics and department of epidemiology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for more than a dozen scientific journals. He received his PhD in biochemistry and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in genetics in 2000 at Emory University in Atlanta, where he set up a microarray facility at the Emory Center for Molecular Medicine. Before joining HudsonAlpha in 2009, Levy was a faculty member at Vanderbilt University Medical Center with appointments in the department of molecular physiology and biophysics and the department of biomedical informatics. He was the founding director of the Vanderbilt Microarray Shared Resource.

  • Education

    2000 PhD in Biochemistry, Emory University, Atlanta, Ga.

    2000 Fellow in Genetics, Emory University

    1994 BS in Biochemistry, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

  • Academic and Administrative Appointments

    2014-Present Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Alabama in Huntsville

    2010-Present Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of Alabama-Birmingham

    2010-Present Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Genetics, University of Alabama-Birmingham.

    2009-Present Faculty Investigator, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, Huntsville, Ala.

    2009-2012 Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.

    2003-2009 Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics, and Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    2000-2009 Director, Vanderbilt Microarray Shared Resource, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    2000-2003 Research Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

  • Awards and Honors

    2007 Co-chair, Genomics Working Group, American Medical Informatics Association

    2004 Career Development Award-SPORE in Gastrointestinal Cancer-Vanderbilt Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN

Recent News

February 7, 2017
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HudsonAlpha and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital awarded $14.3 million grant for genetic sequencing of birth defects and childhood cancers Huntsville, Ala. — HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and St. Jude Children...
November 22, 2016
An experiment conducted by HudsonAlpha and collaborators was featured last week on The study revealed why bacteria behave differently in the microgravity environment of space. Results were published online Nov. 2 in PLOS O...
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