Research Areas

Researchers at HudsonAlpha, in collaboration with researchers in Sweden, are researching changes in DNA segments between identical twins in hopes of understanding the basic biological processes that underlie aging and age-related diseases. This information will help in preventing or ameliorating age-related debilitation and disease. Support the research necessary to increase our knowledge about age-related illnesses.

The research conducted in the HudsonAlpha Genome Sequencing Center is vital to the global goal of finding sustainable, alternative energy sources.  Genome sequencing data produced at HudsonAlpha will be applied to the problem of reducing dependency on imported oil by improving biomass yield and the efficiencies of process used to convert plant material into liquid fuels. Support HudsonAlpha’s endeavors to find solutions to America’s energy needs.

Every day, more than 1,500 Americans die of cancer – approximately one person every minute. Some of the most promising advances in cancer research involve finding the genetic markers that reside at the root of many forms of cancer. The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a partner in a number of cancer projects including the The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) pilot project, a National Institutes of Health sponsored initiative to further understand cancer causes that will create an “atlas” of genomic changes that lead to cancer. Support cancer research at HudsonAlpha.

The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology now houses the Genomic Technology Center for Public Health and Food Safety. The center brings together the food and biotechnology industries, government agencies and academic scientists to apply advanced genomic technologies in developing effective solutions for detecting and monitoring food-borne pathogens and other public threats. Support HudsonAlpha’s Genomic Technology Center for Public Health and Food Safety.

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States.  While it is known that environmental and lifestyle factors can cause heart disease, genetic defects also cause an elevated risk.  HudsonAlpha is participating in a research program that will help shed light on these genetic indicators for heart disease. Support this groundbreaking genetic research into cardiovascular disease .

In the world of infectious disease, quick and accurate diagnosis is key to effective treatment.  The recent outbreak of swine flu has brought the field of diagnostics to the forefront. In response to the outbreak, Dr. Jian Han, HudsonAlpha faculty investigator, developed a rapid response test for detecting swine flu that is already commercially available in a diagnostic panel that simultaneously helps physicians to diagnose other forms of flu if swine flu is not detected.  Swift and accurate diagnoses help enable swift and accurate treatments. Support the innovative technology needed to help diagnose life-threatening infectious diseases.

The HudsonAlpha Institute is researching genetic mutations that can contribute to development of Parkinson disease, a neurodegenerative disorder.  Our labs are measuring the genetic variations in normal and Parkinson brain samples, looking at changes in the genome. Support this important research.