The ADVANCE Study and cardiovascular disease

HudsonAlpha Faculty Investigator Dr. Devin Absher is studying cardiovascular disease through a National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) granted research program. The Atherosclerotic Disease, VAscular functioN, and genetiC Epidemiology (ADVANCE) study originated as a collaboration between Stanford University and Kaiser Permanente of Northern California.

UAB professor receives HudsonAlpha Innovation Prize

Award recognizes T cell studies

Dr. Casey Weaver, University of Alabama at Birmingham professor of pathology, has been awarded the 2009 HudsonAlpha Prize for Outstanding Innovation in Life Sciences.

HudsonAlpha investigator develops rapid response Swine Flu test

Diatherix Laboratories to make test available to physicians

Dr. Jian Han, faculty investigator at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, has completed development of a rapid response, molecular-level assay for swine flu, the current strain of the H1N1 family of the influenza virus. The test, which can confirm swine flu in less than six hours, will be incorporated into a viral respiratory panel made available by Diatherix Laboratories. The panel will detect the current strain of swine flu, as well as Influenza A, Influenza B and other viruses.

HudsonAlpha investigator creating diagnostic to swiftly detect swine flu

Dr. Jian Han, faculty investigator with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology, is working to develop a fast, highly accurate diagnostic assay to address the alarming number of swine influenza cases.

HudsonAlpha founding board member honored

Linda Smith, wife of late Huntsville business pioneer and HudsonAlpha founding board member Mark Smith, has made a $1 million donation to the institute.

“My reasons for the gift are two-fold,” said Smith. “First, my late husband Mark was very supportive of the institute and deeply involved in the building of the facility, so I wanted to do this in memory of him. Secondly, this gift will fund a scientist who does cancer research; and that clinched it for me.”  This scientist will have the honorary title of the Mark Smith Investigator.


Anonymous donors jumpstart HudsonAlpha Endowment Fund

Recent gifts total $1.5 million


Not one, but three good Samaritans recently came forward to support the long-term success of the not-for-profit HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology. Each has quietly provided a $500,000 gift to build an endowment fund that will play a critical role in the institute’s fiscal growth and stability.

HudsonAlpha to begin study on aging

Absher Lab research associate Krista Stanton works with liquid-handling robots used for genotyping assays.Scientists at the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology will soon be studying identical twins to better understand the aging process. Dr. Devin Absher, HudsonAlpha investigator, said the project team will work with collaborators in Washington and Sweden to look at DNA mutations that occur in the cells of adult twins. Funding for the four-year study comes from the Ellison Medical Foundation.

HudsonAlpha plays role in Alabama sugar cane biofuel development

HudsonAlpha scientists are collaborating with partners in the state and around the world to explore a new industry and a new economic opportunity for farmers in South Alabama: the production of jet fuel from sugar cane.

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