Early Career Scientist Career Development Subcommittee

The Career Development Subcommittee supports early career scientists as they navigate their career paths, learn about career options, and curate resume-enhancing skills and experiences. Members work together to develop resources that highlight the myriad career trajectories that are possible with a genetics education and research training.


  • Erika Matunis (GSA Board of Directors, Johns Hopkins University)
  • Pat Phelps (Johns Hopkins University)


  • Build relationships with professionals and companies in the larger scientific community to create deeper connections with the Society and its members.
  • Highlight the versatility of model organism geneticists to enter a variety of career pathways.

Initial Projects:

  • Develop the “Decoding Life” interview series as blog and social media posts to demonstrate the diversity of career options for PhD scientists.
  • Create communication pieces highlighting the strength of underrepresented life histories to advance the scientific enterprise.

Current Members:

Featured Project

“Decoding Life”
“Decoding Life” is a series featured on the GSA blog Genes to Genomes. Members of the Career Development Subcommittee interview geneticists with diverse career paths, tracing the many directions possible after research training. The series is a valuable resource for early career scientists who want to explore the vast career possibilities that an education in genetics offers.

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Learn more about Early Career Leadership at GSA

Early Career Scientist Leadership Program

Students, postdocs, and other early career scientists (ECS) are the future of the GSA community. To strengthen their voice in the Society, GSA developed the Early Career Scientist leadership and professional development program. This program provides rich opportunities for early career scientists to develop skills, gain leadership experience, network, and produce concrete deliverables that demonstrate their abilities.

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GENETICS Peer Review Training Program

Peer-reviewers are vital to science, yet early career scientists in our field rarely receive formal training in how to be a good reviewer. GSA and GENETICS are addressing this gap with a program that gives early career members real-world peer review experience. Participants will receive online training, advice from GENETICS editors, and will become reviewers for manuscripts submitted to the journal.

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Read the latest "Decoding Life" on Genes to Genomes.


Stuart Macdonald on enjoying working in different environments

Stuart Macdonald is the Director of the K-INBRE Bioinformatics Core Facility, as well as a Professor in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at the University of Kansas. He points out the importance of mentoring in his career journey, from the UK to the US, and he discusses how he balances different aspects of his job. […]

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Joyce Tung: Leading by influence

As the Vice President of Research at 23andMe, Joyce Tung has a career that blends together her love for personalized medicine and accessible science for all. She also continues to support her team and help them move 23andMe’s mission forward. Here, Joyce describes her journey through her 12 years at 23andMe and offers advice for […]

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Mary Ellen Lane: Pivoting from faculty to Dean through service, growth, and negotiation

Mary Ellen Lane started down the traditional academic career path to faculty but changed directions to find her niche in academic administration—discovering a passion for leadership and enterprise thinking. After transitioning from an Assistant Professor position into administration, she’s served critical roles and moved through the ranks to become Dean at the Graduate School of […]

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