Jackson CenterThe XII Annual UAB Genetics/HudsonAlpha Scientific Retreat

Friday, October 27, 2017 at the Jackson Center 

6001 Moquin Drive

Huntsville, AL 35806

Organized by the UAB Department of Genetics (Heflin Center), in conjunction with the HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

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2017 Scientific Retreat Agenda

Keynote Speaker

Might Matt

Dr. Mathew Might

Director, Hugh Kaul Personalized Medicine Institute

UAB School of Medicine



Speaker Biographical Sketches

Past Retreats

The XI Annual Scientific Retreat

Lake GuntersvilleFriday, November 18 & Saturday, November 19, 

organized by UAB Department of Genetics (Heflin Center) in conjunction with HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Lake Guntersville State Park, Guntersville, AL

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Lake Guntersville State Park, Guntersville, AL
Lodge Reservations: (256) 505-6621
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Room reservation code: 6145


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Tentative Program
Friday, 18 November  
9:00-10:00 am Sign-in and Breakfast
10:00-10:15 am Welcome

Bruce Korf, MD, PhD
Professor and Chair
UAB Department of Genetics

Richard Myers, PhD
President and Scientific Director
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
10:15 – 11:15 am Session I
  • Mick Edmonds, PhD (UAB)
  • Greg Cooper, PhD (HudsonAlpha)
11:15 – 12:15 pm Keynote Address
12:15 – 1:00 pm Lunch (Buffet)
1:00 – 2:30 pm Session II
Moderator: Sara Cooper, PhD (HudsonAlpha)
  • Kankshita Swaminathan, PhD (HudsonAlpha)
  • Dan Bullard, PhD (UAB)
  • Le Su, PhD (HudsonAlpha)
  • Bhupinder Singh, PhD (UAB)
2:30 – 6:00 pm Break (Outing)
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Session III
  • Jake Chen, PhD (UAB)
  • Ryne Ramaker, Graduate Student (HudsonAlpha)
7:00 – 8:30 pm Dinner (Buffet)
8:30 – 11:00 pm Poster Session and Social
Saturday, 19 November  
7:00 – 8:30 am Breakfast
8:30 – 9:30 am Session IV
  • Brittany Lasseigne, PhD, Postdoctoral Researcher (HudsonAlpha)
  • Ashley Turner, Graduate Student (UAB)
  • Jeremy Prokop, PhD, Senior Scientist (HudsonAlpha)
9:30 – 9:45 am Break
9:45 – 11:45 am Session V
11:45 – 12:00 Closing (Pick up box lunches)

Keynote Speaker

The Keynotes address is presented by:
Charles RotimiDr. Charles N. Rotimi
Chief & Senior Investigator
Metabolic, Cardiovascular and Inflammatory Disease Genomics Branch &
Director Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health National Human Genome Research Institute, NIH

Dr. Rotimi received his undergraduate education in biochemistry from the University of Benin in Nigeria before immigrating to the United States for further studies. He started his education in the United States at the University of Mississippi, where he obtained a master's degree in health care administration. He obtained a second master's degree and a doctorate in epidemiology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. Dr. Rotimi was the director of the National Human Genome Center at Howard University prior to moving to the NIH. 

Dr. Rotimi moved to the NIH in 2008 to found the trans-institute Center for Research on Genomics and Global Health, with the mission of advancing research into the role of culture, lifestyle and genomics in disease etiology, health disparities, and variable drug response. 


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 The 10th Annual Research Scientific Retreat
Hosted by UAB Department of Genetics (Heflin Center) in conjunction with HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Friday, November 13, 2015 at (UAB Alumni House) 
Keynote address presented by
Howard Jacob, Ph.D.Executive 
Vice President for Medical Genomics 
Chief Medical Genomics Officer HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology 
The 9th Annual Scientific Retreat
Hosted by UAB, Department of Genetics in conjunction with HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology
Friday, November 7, 2014
HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology

Keynote Presentation by
Mary V. Relling , PharmD
Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences

St. Jude Children’s  Research Hospital

Department of Genetics

Academic Year 2010-2011

Academic Year 2008-2009

Academic Year 2007-2008

This year, IGGP students attended the two-day Department of Genetics retreat at the Alabama 4-H Center. The rich scientific program of the first day was followed by a day of fun in the sun, playing and building friendships on the low-rope course at 4-H.

HartmanTalk2007McKinneyTalk2007The first half of the scientific program was dedicated to systems biology and bioinformatics. At left is John Hartman, M.D., and at right is Brett McKinney, Ph.D., both from the Department of Genetics, UAB, giving their lectures.

WilliamsTalk2007MessiaenTalk2007The keynote address was given by Robert Williams, Ph.D. (University of Tennessee Health Science Center). In the left panel, Lisa Guay-Woodford, M.D., Department of Genetics, introduces Dr. Williams. The title of his talk was "Systems Genetics: Moving toward a new paradigm in integrative and translational research." In the right panel, Ludwine Messiaen, Ph.D. (Department of Genetics, UAB), gives her lecture.

IGGP students presented their studies in posters (left panel, Jingyu Guo, 2nd-year graduate student) and in short podium presentations (right panel, Tyesha Farmer, 5th-year graduate student).

On the second day, after a continental breakfast in the lodge dining room facing the beautiful lake, students and faculty participated in a fun-filled team-building activity on the low ropes course.

Academic Year 2006-2007


Faculty at the Department of Genetics Scientific Retreat 2006


Graduate Students at the Department of Genetics Scientific Retreat 2006

Bruce Korf, M.D., Ph.D., chairman of the Department of Genetics, and Lisa Guay-Woodford, M.D., organizer of the retreat, open the Department of Genetics Scientific Retreat 2006


Alan Guttmacher, M.D., deputy director, NHGRI, gives the keynote address at the Department of Genetics Scientific Retreat 2006

Our graduate students, Kristina Griffin (2nd-year graduate student) and Tyesha Farmer (4th-year graduate student) present their posters at the Genetic Scientific Retreat 2006

Our graduate students, Becky Smith (left, 4th-year graduate student) and Jennifer Guimbellot (right, 4th-year graduate student), in lively discussions by their posters at the Genetic Scientific Retreat 2006

Faculty members Dan Bullard, Ph.D., and Jan Dumanski, Ph.D., present their work at the Genetic Scientific Retreat 2006

Feeding the body—not just the mind—at the Genetics Scientific Retreat 2006

Academic Year 2003-2004


Faculty at the Strategic Planning Retreat 2003 at Carraway Center