I was born on 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 received 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 aimed at identifying pathogenic bacteria from fresh farm produce. I completed my PhD in the department of Plant Biology and Pathology in 2006 under the direction of Dr. Thomas Leustek at Rutgers University.

I joined the faculty in the Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences in the Fall of 2008 following a post-doctoral fellowship at Rutgers. I am a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. (Gamma Chapter-VUU Spring 1998). I love music (authentic reggae-Bob Marley, Peter Tosh, Burning Spear etc.), reading (autobiographies), chess and sports (football-Bills), (soccer-Brazil), (baseball-Yankees), (basketball-Knicks). I reside in Hilton New York with my wife Candice who is an English as a New Language (ENL) teacher at Northwood Elementary (Hilton, NY) and my son Michael (12).

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André O. Hudson, Ph.D.
Head of The Thomas H. Gosnell School of Life Sciences (GSoLS)
Rochester Institute of Technology
85 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623
Gosnell Hall (Bldg 08) Room 2106
Gosnell Hall (Bldg 08) Room A355