HudsonAlpha Spark

The focus of HudsonAlpha Spark is to offer interesting experiences designed around the busy schedule of professionals from all walks of life. Come explore the cutting-edge genetics research taking place right here in the Rocket City and get a better understanding for the world-shifting power of genomics.Don’t worry, there’s no science background required. We’ve got that covered! Keep an eye out for upcoming events from this initiative, led by Jennifer Carden.

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Upcoming Events

Weekend Wonders
March 21, 2020, 9:30 am -3:30 pm

In this HudsonAlpha Spark: Weekend Wonders event, you will search your own DNA for the presence or absence of an Alu element. This 300-letter segment of genetic code is either present or absent at a particular chromosome location that you’ll learn to track down. While the presence or absence of this particular section DOES NOT reveal your ancestry or give you medical information, you do get the unique opportunity to experience the DNA extraction and analysis process first-hand in a state-of-the-art lab.

This experience also includes a tour of HudsonAlpha and a one-hour break to enjoy lunch off-campus.

Genomics & Java
7:30-8:30 a.m.
In today’s fast-paced world, the field of genomics is ever-changing. Let’s share a cup of coffee and conversation about the tools and technologies behind modern biotech headlines and the discoveries happening at HudsonAlpha.
  • January 30th- Tour of HudsonAlpha
    601 Genome Way NW, Huntsville, AL 35806
  • February 27th- Coffee and Chocolate Make Everything Better: How is genomics helping?
    Rooster’s Crow Coffee Roastery: 8402 Building H Whitesburg Dr., Huntsville, AL 35801
  • March 26th- My pet has DNA?!
    Cattyshack: *COMING SOON to 2211 Seminole Dr SW, Studio #1062, Huntsville, AL 35805. 
  • April 23rd- Promises and pretenses: genomics and your health
    Paul Propst Center, HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology,
    800 Hudson Way NW, Huntsville, AL 35806