Executive Team

HudsonAlpha’s executive team works to make the vision of our co-founders come to life by promoting the development of research-driven discovery, enterprise and creating a genetically-literate society.

  • Richard M. Myers, PhD
    Richard M. Myers, PhD
    President and Science Director
  • Carter Wells
    Carter Wells
    Vice President for Economic Development
  • Danny Windham
    Danny Windham
    Chief Operating Officer
  • Neil Lamb, PhD
    Neil Lamb, PhD
    Vice President for Educational Outreach
  • Pete Yanul
    Pete Yanul
    Chief Financial Officer
Richard M. Myers, PhD
President and Science Director

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Richard Myers leads the Institute and supplies the strategic oversight for the research enterprise, including sustaining a large, active laboratory. A native of Selma, Ala., and the son of a pharmacist, Myers brings 35 years’ experience in genetics and genomics to the position and directed the Stanford Human Genome Center, one of the first U.S. human genome centers, pioneering the next generation sequencing techniques that are elemental to the field today. Under Myers’ direction, the Stanford Human Genome Center contributed more than 10% of the data in the public Human Genome Project’s efforts to sequence the human genome. In addition to his role as president and science director, Myers continues to conduct research using genomics tools and genetics to understand how genes interacting with the environment contribute to human diseases and other traits.

Carter Wells
Vice President for Economic Development

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Carter leads the Institute’s Economic Development mission for recruiting and retaining life sciences companies to the HudsonAlpha campus and growing a biotech cluster in north Alabama. Additionally, Carter is responsible for the Institute’s relationships with local, state, and federal government officials, site selectors, and the HudsonAlpha associate companies. A native Huntsvillian, Carter brings to the role a wealth of experience, currently serving as CEO of iCubate, a molecular diagnostics device company. Prior to coming to HudsonAlpha, Carter served as Chief of Staff for U.S. Representative Bud Cramer. He is also an executive committee member and past chairman of BioAlabama, a statewide organization that represents Alabama’s bio-related industries, research institutes, and academia all working together to foster, develop and support the life sciences in Alabama. Carter also serves on the boards of the Business Council of Alabama and the startup incubator BizTech.

Danny Windham
Chief Operating Officer

Danny Windham joined HudsonAlpha as Chief Operating Officer in 2019. He brings more than 20 years of leadership experience to the Institute, serving as President and COO at Adtran (2005 – 2007) as well as CEO at Digium (2007 – 2018). Windham received a BS in Electrical Engineering from Mississippi State University where he was named a Distinguished Engineering Fellow in 2001. He also holds an MBA from Florida Tech. Windham is actively involved in the entrepreneurial community and has supported the development of multiple startups. He also has a strong commitment to giving back to his community and serves on multiple boards including the Huntsville/Madison County Chamber of Commerce, Biztech and Leadership Alabama. He was also chairman of the Madison YMCA fundraising committee and a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, a nonprofit organization that provides free air transportation for individuals with any legitimate, charitable, medically related need.

Neil Lamb, PhD
Vice President for Educational Outreach

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Neil Lamb leads the educational outreach team in its endeavor to foster a genetics-literate society and Alabama’s biotechnology workforce. In this capacity, he creates innovative teacher training, student experiences, public enrichment, classroom kits, and digital resources that re-shape how science education is delivered. He joined HudsonAlpha in 2006 from Emory University where he was a faculty member in human genetics and responsible for lab management, bioethics oversight, and genetic education in the School of Medicine and public outreach. Lamb’s career shifted from hands-on science to science education when he realized that he had found his true calling: inspiring a passion for human genetics and technology in others. Lamb often serves as an ambassador for the Institute, explaining hard-to-understand biological concepts to the public at the popular Biotech 101 series. Serving as a sort of ambassador at large for the Institute, Dr. Lamb also recently testified before the Alabama House of Representatives Ways and Means Education Committee about the myriad contributions HudsonAlpha makes to Alabama’s educational system. Lamb says his three children are his most fulfilling genetic achievement.

Pete Yanul
Chief Financial Officer

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Pete Yanul leads the finance and accounting team and is responsible for all aspects of financial operations, financial analysis, modeling, budgeting, forecasting and performance management, with the goal of setting the Institute on a path toward long-term sustainability and building its reputation for transparency and operational excellence. A native New Yorker, he has more than 25 years of diverse financial management experience, having spent the last 10 years in the biotech and medical device industries. Yanul previously served in financial leadership roles at Nektar Therapeutics and Open Biosystems/Thermo Fisher Scientific and considers his return to Huntsville, Ala., an exciting homecoming.