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 Alabama Universities. Seminars are hosted by researchers at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology from October through May, and they are typically held on Wednesdays at noon in the Wayne R. Widener Auditorium at HudsonAlpha.


Upcoming Research Seminars

Wednesday, April 7, 2021 12:00 PM

“Algorithms for exploiting structured complexity in genomics and single cell transcriptomics”

Haynes Heaton, MD, PhD (expected)
Department of Genetics
University of Cambridge, Sanger Institute

Hosted by Greg Barsh, MD, PhD
Meeting ID: 936 2204 5327, Passcode: seminar

Wednesday, May 26, 2021 12:00 PM

“Gene discovery in diverse neurodegenerative disease cohorts”

Jennifer S. Yokoyama, PhD
Associate Professor, Memory and Aging Center
Departments of Neurology and Radiology & Biomedical Imaging
University of California
San Francisco, CA

Hosted by Rick Myers, PhD

Zoom link coming soon

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Past Speakers

Anindya Dutta, MD, PhD

University of Virginia

Siobhan Brady, PhD

University of California, Davis

Guy A. Caldwell, PhD

University of Alabama

Zachary Culumber, PhD

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Matthew Niemiller, PhD

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Tatyana (Tanya) Sysoeva, PhD

University of Alabama in Huntsville

Paul G. Wolf, PhD

University of Alabama in Huntsville

David M. Bedwell, PhD

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Michael Buck, PhD

University at Buffalo

Tony Capra, PhD

Vanderbilt University

Dana C. Crawford, PhD

Case Western Reserve University

Joshua C. Denny, MD, MS

Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Shelley Force Aldred, PhD

TeneoBio, Menlo Park, CA

Anita Hjelmeland, PhD

University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB)

Prof. Dr. Tosso Leeb

University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland

David H. Ledbetter, PhD, FACMG


Qunhua Li, PhD

Pennsylvania State University

Antonis Rokas, PhD

Vanderbilt University

Robert Schmidt, Ph.D

Professor Emeritus, University of California, San Diego

Louisa A. Stark, PhD

University of Utah

Richard A. Spritz, M.D.

University of Colorado School of Medicine

Madina Sukhanova, PhD, FACMG

Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL

Winston Timp, PhD

John Hopkins University, School of Medicine

Peter Walter, PhD

University of California San Francisco

Wes Warren, PhD

University of Missouri

Susan R. Wessler, PhD

University of California Riverside

Marc S. Williams, MD


Misha Angrist, PhD

Duke University

Josh Akey, PhD

Princeton University

Leslie Biesecker, MD

National Institutes of Health

Toby Bloom, Ph.D. 

New York Genome Center

Patrick Brown, PhD

University of California, Davis

Joseph Carroll, Ph.D.

Medical College of Wisconsin

Philip M. Farrell, MD, PhD

University of Wisconsin

Jennifer Hall, PhD

American Heart Association

Sara J Knight, PhD

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Leslie A. Lyons, PhD

University of Missouri Columbia, MO

Franco Marincola, MD, FACS

Michael Lotze, MD

John Mullet, PhD

Texas A&M University

Stan Nelson, MD

David Geffen School of Medicine, UCLA

Ellis Neufeld, MD, PhD

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

John A. Phillips III, M.D.

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Sharon Plon, MD, PhD

Baylor College of Medicine

John Schimenti, PhD

Cornell University Ithaca, NY

Lea Starita, PhD

University of Washington Seattle

Benjamin F. Voight, PhD

University of Pennsylvania – Perelman School of Medicine

Jarred Younger, PhD

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Nick Cochran, PhD

HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Nadiya Sosonkina, PhD

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Bruce Alberts, Ph.D.

Universtiy of California, San Francisco School of Medicine

David Braun, Ph.D.

University of Missouri

Cinnamon Bloss, PhD

University of California, San Diego

Deanna Church, PhD

10X Genomics Inc; Pleasanton, CA

Nancy Cox, PhD

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine

Steve Duncan, MD

University of Alabama at Birmingham

Mick D. Edmonds, PhD

UAB School of Medicine

Stephen Ekker, Ph.D.

Mayo Clinic

Dr. Michael Flister

Medical College of Wisconsin

John Forsayeth, Ph.D.

University of California San Francisco

Mark N. Gillespie, Ph.D.

University of South Alabama College of Medicine

Eric Green, M.D., Ph.D.

National Institutes of Health

Henry T. “Hank” Greely, JD

Stanford University

Leon Hardy, PhD

University of South Florida

Marshall S. Horwitz, M.D., Ph.D.

University of Washington School of Medicine

Michael Hoffman, Ph.D.
Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
Toronto Medical Discovery Tower,

Kenneth Kosik, MD

University of California, Santa Barbara

Michael T. Lotze, MD

Lion Biotechnologies, Inc.; Tampa, FL

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

William Murphy, Ph.D.

Texas A&M University

John Isaac Murray, Ph.D.

Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania

Natalie Rasgon, M.D., Ph.D.

Stanford University School of Medicine

Erik Sacks, Ph.D.

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL

John Schimenti, Ph.D.

Cornell University Ithaca, NY

Kranthi Varala, PhD

Purdue University

Dr. Pankaj Arora

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. David Beier

University of Washington

Dr. Jeremy Day

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Michel Georges

University of Liege

Dr. Geoffrey Hill

Auburn University

Dr. Steve Rowe

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Martin Walsh

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Dr. Xu Wang

Cornell University

Dr. Robert S. Welner

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. David C. Williams

UNC School of Medicine

Dr. Wei Yan

University of Nevada School of Medicine

Dr. Kenneth H. Yu

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Dr. David Bick

Medical College of Wisconsin

Dr. Corces Victor

Dr. Robert Duncan

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

Dr. Sandra Gaston

Tufts Medical Center (TMC)

Dr. John Greally

Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Dr. Howard Jacob

Medical College of Wisconsin

Dr. Jeffrey M. Kidd

University of Michigan Medical School

Dr. Robert Kingston

Harvard Medical School

Massachusetts General Hospital

Dr. Charles Lee

The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

Dr. Nita Limdi

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Thomas May

University of California San Francisco

Dr. Robert Sobol

University of South Alabama Mitchell Cancer Institute

Dr. Gary Stacey

University of Missouri

Dr. John Vogel

DOE Joint Genome Institute

Dr. Robert Waterland

Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Robert Waterston

University of Washington

Dr. Robert W. Williams

University of Tennessee

Dr. Elizabeth Worthey

Medical College of Wisconsin

Dr. Chris Amemiya

Benaroya Research Institute

Dr. Malay Basu

The University of Alabama at Birmingham

Dr. Jaideep Behari

University of Pittsburgh Medical Center

Dr. Bert Boyer

University of Alaska Fairbanks

Dr. Joseph DeRisi

University of California, San Francisco

Dr. Douglas M. Fowler

University of Washington

Dr. Santhosh Girirajan

Pennsylvania State University

Dr. David Goldstein

Duke University School of Medicine

Dr. Valerie Horsley

Yale University

Dr. Howard Jacob

Medical College of Wisconsin

Dr. Jason Lieb

Princeton University

Dr. Philip Low

Director of the Purdue Center for Drug Discovery

Dr. Harmit Singh Malik

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Dr. Christopher E. Mason

Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University

Dr. Heather Mefford

University of Washington

Dr. Todd Mockler

Danforth Center

Dr. Maynard Olson

University of Washington School of Medicine

Dr. Daniel R. Schoenberg

The Ohio State University

Dr. Julie Segre

National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Dr. Jeramiah Smith

University of Kentucky

Dr. Kankshita Swaminathan

University of Illinois

Dr. Scott Williams

Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Research Seminars News

April 8, 2021
This week HudsonAlpha was virtually joined by computational biologist Haynes Heaton, MD, for the invited seminar series. Dr. Heaton is completing his doctoral degree in computational biology at the Sanger Institute at the Universi...
March 25, 2021
HudsonAlpha virtually welcomed Siobhan Brady, PhD, to the Institute for the Research Seminar this week. Dr. Brady is a Professor in the Department of Plant Biology and Genome Center at the University of California, Davis and a How...
February 10, 2021
Anindya Dutta, MD, PhD, addressed an audience of researchers at HudsonAlpha this week. This virtual event marked the first external speaker seminar at HudsonAlpha in nearly a year. HudsonAlpha researchers realize the importance of...