HudsonAlpha senior scientist to join Michigan State

Jeremy Prokop, PhD, a senior scientist at HudsonAlpha since 2015, has accepted a position as an assistant professor at Michigan State University College of Human Medicine in the departments of Pediatrics and Human Development and of Pharmacology and Toxicology.

“While I’m sad to leave my colleagues here at HudsonAlpha,” Prokop said, “I’m excited about the opportunity at Michigan State to advance my career, bringing genomic medicine for rare and undiagnosed diseases into my birth state.”

While at HudsonAlpha, Prokop has focused on building tools to characterize genomic variants, with funding from the NIH Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative. This work has led to tools for rare disease, understanding of genetics for sex differences, identification of novel genes in obesity, defining mechanisms for genes in mesothelioma, and describing the role of genetics in chronic kidney disease. He will continue working with the HudsonAlpha Educational Outreach team moving forward to coordinate molecular modeling and real-world research projects with Alabama colleges and universities.

“We will miss Dr. Prokop in our lab here at HudsonAlpha,” said Jozef Lazar, MD, PhD. “His contributions have been important for the kidney and cardiovascular disease research in our own lab. He also helped develop a pipeline for verifying how DNA sequence variants affect gene function, and his modeling tools have been implemented in projects across the labs at HudsonAlpha. We wish him the best!”

This work was supported in part by the National Institute of Health (NIH) grant 7K01ES025435-02. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the sponsors.