About Shawn Levy
Shawn Levy, PhD
Technology development and automation, informatics, genomic variation
Location: 601 Genome Way, Huntsville, AL 35806
Shawn Levy, PhD, believes greatness is in the nuances. And that attention to detail has propelled his work to the forefront of the rapid advances in genomic sequencing technology.
Levy is a faculty investigator at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. His work focuses on finding ways to put together tools to sequence and analyze large genomes in the fastest, most cost-efficient way possible. He established the Genomic Services Laboratory in 2009 when he came to HudsonAlpha and has built it into one of the top sequencing labs in the country. Today, the GSL has access to 30 high-performance sequencing instruments to work with HudsonAlpha’s researchers as well as scientists and commercial clients across the globe. The lab has supported more than 2,800 projects and sequenced more than 130,000 samples from laboratories around the world.
“People who thrive in chaos thrive in the GSL,” Levy says. “We are hard working, go-getting, creative problem solvers. No day is the same, and every project is different with a high chance of never having been done before, so staying on your toes and being proactive, adaptive and flexible are all mandatories.”
Levy is driven to accomplish more. “We constantly, obsessively make things,” he says, “which requires relentless sprints to the finish followed by brief moments to catch our breath.”