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Educational Outreach

HudsonAlpha’s Educational Programs HudsonAlpha's Educational Outreach team inspires and trains the next generation of life science researchers and workforce while building a more genomically-literate society. The dynamic educators at HudsonAlpha reach students, educators, medical practi- tioners, and the community through hands-on classroommodules, in-depth school and workshop experiences along with digital learning opportunities. HudsonAlpha also provides educational opportunities for healthcare providers and learning tools for patients who are making medical decisions using their personal genomic information. Additionally, the team builds genomics awareness through community outreach classes and events. During the 2019-2020 academic year, 1,953,528 individuals were impacted through HudsonAlpha Educational Outreach. Over the past decade, HudsonAlpha has reached nearly 7.5 million people with these programs and resources.

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About HudsonAlpha The HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology is a nonprofit institute dedicated to developing and applying scientific advances to health, agriculture, learning and commercialization. Opened in 2008, HudsonAlpha’s vision is to leverage the synergy between discovery, education, medicine and economic development in genomic sciences to improve the human condition around the globe. The HudsonAlpha biotechnology campus consists of 152 acres nestled within Cummings Research Park, the nation’s second largest research park. The state-of-the-art facilities co-locate nonprofit scientific researchers with entrepreneurs and educators. HudsonAlpha has become a national and international leader in genetics and genomics research and biotech education. It includes more than 40 diverse biotech companies on campus.

Educator Professional Learning HudsonAlpha has several opportunities for teacher professional learning, ranging from single-day workshops to ongoing classroom support. These increase an educator’s comfort in discussing genetic concepts and terminology along with the associated ethical, social and legal issues.

HudsonAlpha scientists are adding to the world’s body of knowledge about the basis of life, health, disease and biodiversity and seeking to enable:

Genomic Research

● Earlier and/or less invasive diagnostics ● Better, more customized treatments for disease ● Improved food, fiber and energy sources

Student Experiences Field trips, classroom visits by industry leaders, summer camp sessions, in-depth internship opportunities and college-level laboratory courses engage students in biotechnology-related fields, increase exposure to career options, provide mentoring opportunities and equip students with a toolbox of content-specific skills.

Significant Research Publications

Current research focus areas are:

Basic Research

Undiagnosed childhood genetic disorders Pediatrics

Neurological and Psychiatric Disorders including Alzheimer disease, Parkinson disease, ALS, Huntington disease, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, autism and epilepsy


Foundational research aimed at improving scientific theories and understanding

Our researchers have been published in more than 700 scientific publications since the beginning of HudsonAlpha in 2008 to help secure a global leadership position in genomic research.

Multiple forms of cancer, including breast, ovarian,

prostate, kidney, brain, colon and pancreatic

Classroom Kits and Digital Resources HudsonAlpha has developed kits and activities to engage elementary and middle school students in hands-on experiences that match state curriculum requirements related to DNA and genetics. Multiple laboratory activities have also been crafted for students in grades 9-12. Activities highlight topics such as trait inheritance patterns, extracting DNA, exploring chromosome behavior in cells, diagnosing genetic disorders, and using bioin- formatics databases. Many of these resources are commercially available to classrooms around the nation through a partnership with Carolina Biological (www.Carolina.com). HudsonAlpha has also launched a suite of free digital resources and activities available at hudsonalpha.org/educatorhub.

Genomic Health


Application of genomic technology to understand the immune system’s role in health and disease Immunogenomics

Computational Biology and Bioinformatics Deep computational analysis and interpretation of vast amounts of data, critical to the science of genomics

Leveraging the power of the human genome to diagnose, predict and prevent disease

Applying genomic knowledge to agriculture and bioenergy to create a more sustainable world

Global Footprint of Research Partnerships

Clinical Applications HudsonAlpha is empowering patients to be informed genomic healthcare consumers and members of society. Our genetic counselors are involved in providing patient education and support for clinical and research activities across the Institute. The genetic counseling team also provides education and training programs for healthcare providers and trainees to support the integration of genomics into routine and specialized medicine.

HudsonAlpha partners with other research institutes and life sciences companies around the globe – and even in space – to make genomic discoveries.

Government support comes from: National Science Foundation Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute US Department of Agriculture National Institutes of Health

Biotech Enterprises

HudsonAlpha strengthens and diversifies Alabama’s economy by fostering success in life sciences companies of all stages and sizes. Its 152-acre biotech campus within Cummings Research Park supports more than 40 tenant companies, from startups to global leaders, with space for more. HudsonAlpha offers turnkey and build-to-suit laboratory and office space for lease in an energizing environment with superior shared amenities. Bioscience enterprises on campus benefit from access to HudsonAlpha researchers as well as strategic support through investor forums, workforce and business assistance, marketing resources and bioscience networking events.

National Human Genome Research Institute National Institute of Arthritis, Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases National Heart, Lung and Brain Institute National Institute of Mental Health National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences




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