People around the world consumed nearly 7.7 million tons of chocolate in the last year, but the cacao crop that supports the production of these sweets is under significant environmental threat. Scientists at HudsonAlpha with the help of Mars Wrigley Confectionery have created the newest weapon in that battle—an improved reference genome.
HudsonAlpha has made a $2.45B impact on the Alabama economy, according to a recent study conducted by the Center for Management & Economic Research at the University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAH).
Impacts from employment, revenue and capital expenditures (construction, equipment) are included in the data analysis from 2006 to 2018.
A grant from the BrightFocus Foundation will bring $200,000 to HudsonAlpha with the goal of better understanding one of the key genes implicated in causing Alzheimer disease. Nick Cochran, PhD, was awarded a Postdoctoral Fellowship Award from the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Program to study the MAPT gene with the ultimate hope of learning how the gene is turned on and off.
HudsonAlpha internationally-renowned faculty members are committed to making impactful discoveries in genomics and genetics that improve health and create a more sustainable world.
Genomic and genetic analysis of human traits and diseases.
Richard Myers, PhD, is president and scientific director at HudsonAlpha. The Myers lab focuses on applying functional genomics and genetics approaches to understanding how genes and regulatory regions contribute to basic biology, human disease, responses to the environment and population genetics.
Epigenomic analysis of complex human traits and diseases
Devin Absher, PhD, uses the epigenome to study complex diseases and traits, especially autoimmune disease, cardiovascular disease, cancer and aging.
Genetic architecture of morphologic variation
Greg Barsh, MD, PhD, studies the genetic mechanisms that underlie differences in individual appearance and that could give new insight into both basic biology and human disease.
MD, George Washington University School of Medicine
Human clinical genetics
David Bick, MD, is a clinical geneticist with more than 20 years experience diagnosing and treating children with genetic disorders. Bick is the medical director of the Clinic for Genomic Medicine on the HudsonAlpha campus.
Human Genetics and Genomics
Greg Cooper, PhD, researches the structures, functions and evolutionary histories of human genomes, with an emphasis on applying genomic approaches to study human disease.
Genomic resource development for plants
Jane Grimwood, PhD, co-directs the Genome Sequencing Center at HudsonAlpha, managing one of the few centers in the world that produces, analyzes and interprets genomic data on economically important plant and organism species to improve crop breeding and other agricultural practices.
Whole genome sequencing and assembly, population genomics
Jeremy Schmutz co-directs the Genome Sequencing Center at HudsonAlpha, managing one of the few centers in the world that produces, analyzes and interprets genomic data on economically important plant and organism species to improve crop breeding and other agricultural practices.
Technology development to advance medical science
Jian Han, MD, PhD, focuses on developing integrated solutions for molecular differential diagnosis and mapping the personalized immunorepertoire.
Understanding the role of the rhizome in resource reallocation and perenniality.
Kankshita Swaminathan, PhD, studies the role of the rhizome in nutrient storage and reproduction in plants. She is interested in how perennial plants remobilize nutrients year after year.
Sara Cooper, PhD, focuses on combining metabolomics with genomics and applying that data to pancreatic and ovarian cancer.
Technology development and automation, informatics, genomic variation
Shawn Levy, PhD, uses high performance genotyping and sequencing technologies to support projects from plant and animal phylogenetic studies to translational and clinical based projects at the Genomic Services Laboratory and the Clinical Services Laboratory.
PhD in medical genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Promoting high quality and appropriate clinical genomic testing
Elaine Lyon, PhD, FACMG, uses high performance genotyping and sequencing technologies to empower the use of molecular genomics in a clinical setting to diagnose inherited diseases or predict susceptibility to disease through the Clinical Services Laboratory.
Educational outreach relating to genetics, genomics and biotechnology
Neil Lamb, PhD, oversees all educational programming developed at HudsonAlpha as vice president for educational outreach. Lamb creates innovative teacher training, student experiences, public enrichment, classroom kits and digital resources that re-shape how science education is delivered.
Since opening its doors in 2008, HudsonAlpha has further secured its role as a global leader in biotechnology and genomic research. We’ve made discoveries in ALS, childhood genetic disorders and kidney cancer; expanded research in bipolar and schizophrenia and continued critical research in other devastating conditions, including cancer, Parkinson’s, lupus, multiple sclerosis and more.
Our agriscience team specializes in applying genomic techniques to understand how plants function in response to environmental stimuli. The HudsonAlpha Genome Sequencing Center is a global leader in providing de novo whole genome sequencing, assembly and analysis.
To leverage the synergy between discovery, education, medicine, and economic development in genomic sciences to improve the human condition around the globe.