Contact Info

Email: aharkess@hudsonalpha.org
Location: 601 Genome Way, Huntsville, AL 35806

Alex Harkess, PhD

Alex Harkess, PhD holds a joint position as faculty investigator at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology and assistant professor, Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science at Auburn University. Harkess joined Auburn and HudsonAlpha in 2020 after four years with the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis. Harkess was a National Science Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at Danforth, conducting research focused on the evolution and function of small RNA pathways, the evolution of sex chromosomes in plants, and broad-scale comparative genomics. Harkess earned his Ph.D. from the University of Georgia and a B.S. in Botany from Miami University.

2016 Ph.D., Plant Biology, University of Georgia

2011 B.S. Botany, Environmental Science co-major, Miami University

2020 Faculty Investigator, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology / Assistant Professor, Department of Crop, Soil, and Environmental Science, Auburn University

20016-2019 National Science Foundation Plant Genome (NPGI) Postdoctoral Fellow Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

  • 2018 Margaret Menzel Award for Best Genetics Talk, Botanical Society of America
  • 2018 Best Poster Presentation, Danforth Center Summer Retreat
  • 2017 Best Poster Presentation, Danforth Center Summer Retreat
  • 2017 Best Oral Presentation, Ustilago/Smut Convergence meeting
  • 2016 Outstanding Graduate Teaching Assistant Award, UGA Graduate School
  • 2016 Southern USA Regional Finalist, CSGS 3 Minute Thesis oral competition
  • 2015 1st place poster presentation, UGA Plant Center Retreat
  • 2015 1st place oral presentation, Plant Biology Graduate Student Symposium
  • 2015 2nd place, UGA 3 Minute Thesis oral competition
  • 2014 3rd place poster presentation, UGA Plant Center Retreat
  • 2014 2nd place oral presentation, Plant Biology Graduate Student Symposium
  • 2014 Top Ten Finalist, UGA 3 Minute Thesis oral competition
  • 2013 1st place oral presentation, Plant Biology Graduate Student Symposium
  • 2011 Young Botanist Award, Botanical Society of America
  • 2011 Miami University, Outstanding Botany Senior
  • 2010 Miami University, Arthur T. Evans Outstanding Botany Junior
  • 2009 Miami University, Arthur T. Evans Outstanding Botany Sophomore
  • 2008 Miami University, Wallace J. Hagedorn Botany Scholarship

Lab Members

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Alex Harkess, PhD

Faculty Investigator
Sarah Carey, PhD

Sarah Carey, PhD

Postdoctoral Associate

Sarah Carey, PhD uses comparative genomics and phylogenomics to study the evolution of sex chromosomes in plants.

Jordan-Manchego-Biotrain

Jordan Manchego

HudsonAlpha BioTrain Intern (2020)

Jordan Manchego is building an automated phenotyping pipeline for duckweeds.