Research at HudsonAlpha is led by investigators who share a common goal to improve human health through discovery, education, and communication

Devin Absher, Ph.D., joined HudsonAlpha in 2010 from Stanford University, where he was a senior scientist at the Stanford Human Genome Center. Dr. Absher received his graduate degree in Genetics from Emory University, and carried out postdoctoral training at Stanford University.
Research focus: Epigenomic analysis of cancer, autoimmune, and cardiovascular disease
Academic Appointments: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Greg Barsh, M.D., Ph.D., joined HudsonAlpha in 2009 from Stanford University, where he was a Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics. Dr. Barsh received his graduate degrees from the University of Washington, and carried out postdoctoral training at the University of California, San Francisco.
Research focus: Genetic architecture and control of animal color variation
Academic Appointments: Professor, Department of Genetics, Stanford University.
Greg Cooper, Ph.D., joined HudsonAlpha in 2010 from the University of Washington in Seattle, where he was a postdoctoral research fellow. Dr. Cooper received his graduate degree in Genetics from Stanford University in 2006.
Research focus: Genomic analysis of complex human phenotypes
Academic Appointments: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Sara Cooper, Ph.D., joined HudsonAlpha in 2010 from the University of Washington in Seattle, where she was a postdoctoral research fellow. Dr. Cooper received her graduate degree in Genetics from Stanford University in 2006.
Research focus: Metabolomics
Academic Appointments: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Jane Grimwood, Ph.D., joined HudsonAlpha in 2008 from the Stanford Human Genome Center. Dr. Grimwood received her graduate degree from the University of Leeds, carried out postdoctoral training at Oxford University and UC San Francisco, and co-directs the Genome Sequencing Center.
Research focus: Genome sequencing, cloning systems, comparative sequence analysis
Academic Appointments: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Jian Han, M.D., Ph.D., joined HudsonAlpha in 2006, after serving as a faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics at UAB, and the founder of Genaco. Dr. Han received his medical and graduate training from Suzhou Medical College in JiangSu Province, China, and the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Research focus: Technology development for molecular diagnosis, immunogenomics
Academic Appointments: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Neil Lamb, Ph.D., Director of Educational Outreach, joined HudsonAlpha in 2007. Dr. Lamb was an undergraduate at Auburn University, and received his graduate training at Emory University, where he was a faculty member in the Department of Human Genetics, and the leader of educational outreach.
Dr. Lamb coordinates outreach programs for school-age children, educators, and the public.
Academic Appointments: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Shawn Levy, Ph.D., joined HudsonAlpha in 2009 from Vanderbilt University, where he was a faculty member and Director of the Vanderbilt Microarray Shared Resource. Dr. Levy received his graduate and postdoctoral training from Emory University, and directs the Genomic Services Laboratory.
Research focus: Technology development and automation, informatics, genomic variation
Academic Appointments: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Genetics, University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Richard M. Myers, Ph.D., joined HudsonAlpha in 2008 from Stanford University, where he was Professor and Chair of the Department of Genetics, and Director of the Stanford Human Genome Center. Dr. Myers received his graduate training at UC Berkeley, and carried out postdoctoral training at Harvard University.
Research focus: Genetics and genomics of human disease, functional genomics
Academic Appointment: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Genetics, UAB, and UA Huntsville.
Jeremy Schmutz joined HudsonAlpha in 2008 from Stanford University, where he was a senior scientist at the Stanford Human Genome Center. Jeremy received undergraduate degrees in computer science and biology from North Central College, and co-directs the Genome Sequencing Center.
Research focus: Whole genome sequencing and assembly, population genomics
Academic Appointments: Adjunct Faculty, Department of Genetics, University of Alabama-Birmingham.

The HA Genome Center

carries out large sequencing initiatives in plants, fungi, algae, and model organisms

The Genomic Services Lab

develops affordable tools to measure molecular variation at a genome scale


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