Since 2006, the group has contributed more than 180 plant genomes to the public domain. In addition, the HudsonAlpha faculty investigators and co-directors claim more than 50 publications in Science and Nature, and both are named as Clarivate Analytics most highly cited researchers in plant and animal science.

Jane Grimwood, PhD


Jane Grimwood, PhD, joined HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology as a faculty investigator in 2008. In 2022, Grimwood was named Loretta Purdy Spencer Chair in Genomics. As a co-director of the Genome Sequencing Center, Grimwood focuses on sequencing, finishing and genome improvement of a wide variety of eukaryotic genomes – including plants, fungi and vertebrates. She earned her PhD in microbiology from the University of Leeds in the United Kingdom, followed by postdoctoral training at the University of Oxford, Dartmouth College, and the University of San Francisco. In 2000, Grimwood was a senior scientist at the Stanford Human Genome Center where she and her group were responsible for finishing and performing quality analysis on the 320 million base pairs of human chromosomes 5, 16 and 19, comprising more than 10 percent of the human genome.

Jeremy Schmutz


Jeremy Schmutz joined HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology in 2008 as a faculty investigator. He leads the Informatics and Production Sequencing Groups at the Genome Sequencing Center, which he co-directs with Jane Grimwood. Schmutz graduated from North Central College in Naperville, Ill., in three years with a BS in Computer Science and a BA in Biology. While in college, he worked on DNA sequencing technology at Argonne National Laboratory. That experience led to his first research position developing parallel sequencing systems at a small Silicon Valley startup company. In 1996, Schmutz joined the newly formed Sequencing Group at the Stanford Human Genome Center to develop the computational infrastructure necessary for large scale DNA sequencing. Schmutz and his group finished and assembled the human sequence of chromosomes 5, 16 and 19 for the public Human Genome Project. He also led the quality assessment of the human genome sequence that evaluated the accuracy and completeness of the final human genome sequence.

Team Leaders

Jerry Jenkins, PhD

Genome Analysis Group Lead

John Lovell, PhD

Evolutionary Analysis Group Lead

Mike Frizzell

Computational Infrastructure Group Lead

Melissa Williams

Library Construction and Sequencing – Team Lead

Ada Stewart

Sequencing – Team Lead

Team Members

Dave Flowers

Computational Biologist

Paul Grabowski, PhD

Computational Biologist

Avril Harder

Associate Computational Biologist

Adam Healey, PhD

Computational Biologist

Abby Horton

Research Associate II

Min Kim

Computational Biologist

Paige Phelps

Research Associate II

Quanesha Presley

Lab Fellow

Chris Plott

Computational Biologist

Joanna Rifkin

Computational Biologist II

Avinash Sreedasyam, PhD

Computational Biologist

Ming Tsai

Computational Biologist

Rachel Walstead, PhD

Computational Biologist

Lori Handley

Informatics Project Manager

Lori Boston

Research Associate

Teresa Jones

Research Associate

LaTonya Moore

Research Associate

Jessica Stephens

Research Associate

Shannon Talley

Research Associate

Jenell Webber

Research Associate