I was born in the island of Jamaica and grew up in the town of Savanna-La-Mar in the parish of Westmoreland. I came to the United States at the age of 14 and completed High School at Salesian High in New Rochelle, NY. I recieved a B.S. in Biology from Virginia Union University (VUU) in 2000. I fell in love with Science as an undergraduate student researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Anthony Madu at VUU where I performed research aiming at identifying pathogenic bacteria from farm produce. I then enrolled in the Graduate Program at Rutgers University where I completed my doctorate in the department of Plant Biology and Pathology in 2006 under the direction of Dr. Thomas Leustek. I joined the faculty in the School of Life Sciences in the Fall of 2008 following a post-doctoral fellowship at Rutgers Univeristy. I currenlty live in Hilton, NY with my wife Candice and my son Michael.
André O. Hudson, Ph.D.
Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences
Rochester Institute of Technology
85 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
My laboratory is primarily interested in amino acid metabolism. More specifically, we are interested in the aminotransferases class of enzyme. Aminotranferases or transaminases (EC 2.6.1.x) are ubiquitous enzymes
that are involved in amino acid biosynthesis, vitamin metabolism, carbon and nitrogen assimilation, secondary metabolism etc. They catalyze reversible reactions by transferring an amine group from a donor to an acceptor. The amino
donor is usually an amino acid and the amino acceptor is usually a 2-oxo-acid. In the model organism Arabidopsis thaliana, there are 44 annotated aminotransferases many of which are uncharacterized. Using biochemical and bio-informatical approaches, my lab is interested in
elucidating the function of the remaining aminotransferase enzymes that are deemed putative from organisms such as; plants, bacteria and algae.