HudsonAlpha Research Seminars

The HudsonAlpha Research Seminars bring together experts in genetics, genomics, biotechnology, bioinformatics, medicine and immunology for free, public presentations and debate among the scientific community. The seminars also provide valuable academic learning and discussion opportunities for scientists training in labs at HudsonAlpha and at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Seminars are hosted by researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology from October through May.

Upcoming Research Seminars

For more information about HudsonAlpha Seminars, please contact Kathy Rader at

April 10, 2019
Host: Sara Cooper, PhD
Anita Hjelmeland, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Cell, Developmental, and Integrative Biology (CDIB)
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)
Birmingham, AL

April 15, 2019
Host: Greg Barsh, MD, PhD
Prof. Dr. Tosso Leeb
Director Institute of Genetics
University of Bern
Bern, Switzerland

April 24, 2019
Host: Kankshita Swaminathan, PhD
Robert Schmidt, PhD
Founder, Resolute Genetics, LLC
Former Chief Scientist, SG Biofuels, Inc
Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Diego

May 1, 2019
Host: Greg Barsh, MD, PhD, Rick Myers, PhD, Bruce Korf, MD, PhD
UAB-HudsonAlpha Center for Genomic Medicine – 2019 Symposium:
Marc S. Williams, MD
Director, Genomic Medicine Institute
Danville, PA

May 8, 2019
Host: Elaine Lyon, PhD, Irina Vasenkova, PhD, Kailos Genetics
Madina Sukhanova, PhD, FACMG
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Feinberg School of Medicine
Co-Director, Cytogenetics
Assistant Technical Director, Molecular Diagnostics
Northwestern Memorial Hospital
Chicago, IL

May 15, 2019
Host: Sara Cooper, PhD
Qunhua Li, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept. of Statistics
Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA

Next seminar September 4, 2019

Research Seminars News

May 15, 2019
Qunhua Li, PhD, walked through some of the techniques she has worked on to understand and characterize chromatic interaction. Li traveled to present at HudsonAlpha from Penn State University, where she works in the Department of S...
May 8, 2019
Madina Sukhanova, PhD, FACMG, delivered a seminar on challenging cases in hematopathology. Specifically, the lecture focused on cases where cytogenetics and molecular diagnostics “came to the rescue.” Sukhanova is Ass...
April 25, 2019
Robert Schmidt, PhD, discussed his company’s research on Jatropha, a plant that has received significant attention as a possible biofuel. Schmidt is the founder of Resolute Genetics, and he has spent years working on developing ...