Close-up view of a wild-type Junonia coenia wing eyespot pattern. Zhang et al. used CRISPR mutagenesis to interfere with the genetic machinery necessary for making melanin pigments in the colored scales of the butterfly wing. See Zhang et al.


GSA is always working to improve and strengthen our field—a goal we could not achieve without the efforts of our Committees. These groups have committed themselves to supporting and engaging GSA members, creating an inclusive community environment, and helping GSA reach its goals for the future. We invite you to learn more about our Committees and the essential work they do.

Audit Committee

The Audit Committee oversees the annual audit of GSA's financial records and makes recommendations to the GSA Board based on their findings.

Current Members

Martha Soto, Chair, Rutgers University

Judith Kassis, SGE/NICHD/NIH

John Schimenti, Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Biomedical Science

Mary Adams, Staff Liaison


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Awards Committee

The Awards Committee reviews nominations for the six Society Awards: Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal, GSA Medal, GSA Early Career Medal, George W. Beadle Award, Edward Novitski Prize and Elizabeth W. Jones Award for Excellence in Education.

Current Members

Swathi Arur, Chair, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Diana Chu, San Francisco State University

Orna Cohen-Fix, NIH/NIDDK

Pamela Geyer, University of Iowa

Matt Hahn, Indiana University

DJ Pan, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, HHMI Investigator

Detlef Weigel, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Shinya Yamamoto, Baylor College of Medicine

Anne Marie Mahoney, Staff Liaison


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Awards Promotion Committee

The Awards Nominating Committee promotes the GSA Awards in an effort to encourage a diverse group of nominees and to increase the number of nominations.

Current Members

Martha Soto, Chair, Rutgers University

Gavin Rice, University of Pittsburgh

Julio Molina Pineda, University of Arkansas

Marnie Gelbart, Harvard Medical School

Mary Lou Guerinot, Dartmouth College

Mi Hye Song, Oakland University

Oindrila De, The French Institute in India

Peter M’Angale, UMass Chan Medical School

Jessica Vélez, Staff Liasion



Conferences Committee

The Conferences Committee advises the GSA Board, staff, and conference organizers on meeting offerings and new initiatives for GSA to provide a platform for researchers to share their latest findings, facilitate interdisciplinary discussions, increase community engagement, and advance the fields of genetics and genomics.

Current Members

Michelle Arbeitman, Chair, Florida State University

New member information will be available soon.

Suzy Brown, Staff Liaison

Anne Marie Mahoney, Staff Liaison


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DeLill Nasser Selection Committee

The DeLill Nasser Selection Committee selects recipients of GSA's DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics. They ensure that the award recipients reflect the diversity of the genetics community by considering applicants' demographics, geographic locations, institution types, and model organism/subject matters.

Current Members

Buck Samuel, Chair, Baylor College of Medicine

Nick Buchler, North Carolina State University

Clement Chow, University of Utah

Emily Davenport, Penn State

Kathy Gould, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Teresa Lee, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Javier Tabima, Clark University

Jeffrey Thomas, ex officio, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center

Paul Trainor, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Anne Marie Mahoney, Staff Liaison


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Early Career Scientist (ECS) Steering Committee

The Steering Committee is composed of the co-chairs of each subcommittee. They meet monthly to discuss the direction of the Early Career Leadership Program, as well as share resources and establish collaborative projects between the subcommittees. The Steering Committee provides guidance to the Leadership Program subcommittees and facilitates projects, events, and proposals.

Current Members

Jennifer Gerton, Advisor, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Thomas Merritt, Advisor, Laurentian University

Abhinava Mishra, University of California, Santa Barbara

Alexandra McElwee-Adame, San Diego State University; University of California-Riverside

Anvita Kulshrestha, Duke University

Hassan Bukhari, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Jessie MacAlpine, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Maddelyn Harden, University of Southern California (USC)

Pablo Augusto de Souza Fonseca, Universidad de Leon

Pravrutha Raman, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Sanjana Sundararajan, National Institutes of Health

Shreyasi Mukherjee, Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Sumitra Tatapudy, University of Washington

Walid Mawass, University of Chicago

Early Career Scientist Accessibility Subcommittee

The Accessibility and Disability Advocacy Subcommittee aims to make the ECLP’s leadership and training opportunities more inclusive of early career scientists with disabilities. It consists of liaisons from each ECLP subcommittee and other members, who help raise awareness within ECLP about the challenges and needs of scientists with disabilities and ideate ways to adopt a combination of universal design approaches to improve the accessibility of ECLP’s projects and resources.

Current Members

Jenny Tenlen, advisor, Seattle Pacific University

Nicolas Corradi, advisor, University of Ottawa

Pravrutha Raman, co-chair, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center

Sanjana Sundararajan, co-chair, National Institutes of Health

Alyssa Paparella, member, Baylor College of Medicine

Blessing Erinwusi, member, Centre for Genomic Research in Biomedicine (CeGRIB)

Brian Kirz, member, University of Rochester

Jillian Freese, member, J. Craig Venter Institute

Johanna Rhodes, member, Radboudumc

José Humberto da Cunha, member, University of São Paulo

Riya Mahapatra, member, Institute of Bioinformatics and Applied Biotechnology

Samuel Isife, member, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Yu-Ying Phoebe Hsieh, member, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

Early Career Scientist Career Development Subcommittee

The ECS 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.

Current Members

Alexa Burger, advisor, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Didem Sarikaya, advisor, 10x Genomics

Abhinava Mishra, co-chair, University of California Santa Barbara

Pablo Augusto de Souza Fonseca, co-chair, Universidad de Leon

Anindya Ganguly, member, University of California, Santa Barbara

Blessing Olabosoye, member, Iowa State University

Fiona Nelima Mumoki, member, University of Pretoria

Junnan Fang, member, Emory

Ling Sheng Loh, member, George Washington University

Olufemi Osonowo, member, Dalhousie University

Rupinder Kaur, member, Pennsylvania State University

Sara McPherson, member, Queen’s University

Thomas Atenya, member, Institute of Primate Research

Early Career Scientist Communication and Outreach Subcommittee

The ECS Communication and Outreach Subcommittee aims to bridge the communication gap between scientific disciplines, as well as between scientists and the public. Members work together to craft informative articles and projects, helping to make new discoveries more accessible among researchers and fostering society’s understanding and appreciation of science.

Current Members

Douglas Dluzen, advisor, Johns Hopkins University

Nafisa Jadavji, advisor, Midwestern University

Jessie MacAlpine, co-chair, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases

Sumitra Tatapudy, co-chair, University of Washington

Angela Jones, member, Duke University

Camille Bédard, member, Université Laval, Institut de biologie intégrative et des systèmes (IBIS), The Quebec Network for Research on Protein Function, Engineering, and Applications (PROTEO) and Université Laval Big Data Research Center (BDRC_UL))

Caroline Muirhead, member, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Daniela Soto, member, University of California – Davis

Faith Onditi, member, National Institute of Health

Hector Mendoza, member, University of Michigan – Ann Arbor

Lauren Dineen, member, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Mohab Helmy, member, EMBL’s European Bioinformatics Institute, University of Cambridge

Zoé Gillespie, member, University of Toronto

Early Career Scientist Community and Membership Engagement Subcommittee

Members of the ECS Community and Membership Engagement Committee work to address the challenges and concerns of their fellow early career scientists. The Community and Membership Engagement Committee, in cooperation with the ECS Subcommittees, provides helpful resources, gathers important feedback, and creates communications that unite and inform the scientific community.

Current Members

Edward Waddell, advisor, Holy Family University

Joyce Fernandes, advisor, Miami University

Anvita Kulshrestha, co-chair, Duke University

Walid Mawass, co-chair, University of Chicago

Edward Pietryk, member, Baylor College of Medicine

Haoran Cai, member, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Ikele Chinyere Mary-Cynthia, member, Osaka University

Inês Baião Santos, member, University of  Algarve

Irina Yushenova, member, Marine Biological Laboratory

Kat Yamamoto, member, The City University of New York

Lishu He, member, Medical College of Wisconsin

Mahmoud Izadi, member, Hamad Bin Khalifa University, Qatar Foundation

Rebecca Arnold, member, Institute of Science and Technology, Austria (ISTA)

Semiu Folaniyi Bello, member, South China Agricultural University

Uyen Linh Ho, member, University of Lausanne

Early Career Scientist Multimedia Subcommittee

The Multimedia Subcommittee aims to communicate genetics research to a broad audience in an easily accessible format. Members work together to develop their scientific communication and outreach skills by curating multimedia content such as podcasts and infographics.

Current Members

Jiae Lee, advisor, California State University, Long Beach

Seth Rudman, advisor, Washington State University

Alexandra McElwee-Adame, co-chair, San Diego State University; University of California-Riverside

Hassan Bukhari, co-chair, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Debraj Manna, member, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru

Faye Romero, member, University of Rochester

Jevithen Nehru, member, University of Toronto

Joanna Wardwell-Ozgo, member, Kennesaw State University

Kazeem Adekunle Alayande, member, North-West University, South Africa

Laetitia Chauve, member, Trinity College Dublin

Sarah Gilmour, member, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Sarah Renee Phillips, member, Yale University

Tammy Lee, member, University of Toronto

Early Career Scientist Policy and Advocacy Subcommittee

The ECS Policy Subcommittee develops useful resources related to career training policy and works to connect members of the scientific community with elected officials and government agencies.

Current Members

Elyse Hope, advisor, Science Philanthropy Alliance

Jamie Lahvic, advisor, National Institute on Aging – NIH

Lynn Marquis, Hill Day co-organizer and advisor, Coalition for the Life Sciences

Maddelyn Harden, co-chair,  University of Southern California

Shreyasi Mukherjee, co-chair, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Bahaar Chawla, member, University of Michigan

Chandrika Konwar, member, University of Delhi

Daniel Gironda, member, Wake Forest School of Medicine

Elizabeth DiLoreto, member, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Jennifer Dumouchel, member, Brown University

Julio Molina Pineda, member, University of Arkansas

Md Riajul Hossain, member, University of Arkansas at Fayetteville

Montana Kay Lara, member, University of California San Diego

Oluwabukola Mary Farodoye, member, Universidade Federal Do Rio Grande Do Sul

Rostv Brichko, member, University of California – Irvine

Ujani Hazra, member, Georgia Institute of Technology

Education Committee

The Education Committee supports and promotes those in the GSA community interested in teaching, pedagogy research, active learning, and inclusive teaching.

Current Members

Teresa Lee, Chair, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Noveera Ahmed, St. John Fisher College

Daron Barnard, Worcester State University

Nicole Crown, Case Western Reserve University

Rhea Datta, Hamilton College

Maitreya Dunham, University of Washington

Grace Hamilton, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Andrea Kalis, St. Catherine University

Amanda Larracuente, University of Rochester

Mary Miller, Rhodes College

Tamar Resnick, University of Minnesota

Laura Rusche, State University of New York at Buffalo

Joel Sharbrough, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Michael Law, Stockton University

Jessica Velez, Staff Liaison

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Equity and Inclusion Committee

To help GSA address the needs of its diverse communities, the Equity and Inclusion Committee sets priorities and recommends policies that foster a welcoming, global, and inclusive culture.

Current Members

Stephen Klusza, Clayton State University, Senior Co-chair

Aimee Jaramillo-Lambert, University of Delaware, Junior Co-chair

C. Eduardo Guerra Amorim, California State University Northridge

Ellie Armstrong, Washington State University

Mardelle Atkins, Sam Houston State University

Oindrila De, Consulat général de France à Bangalore

Ci Fu, University of Toronto

Matthew Hahn, Indiana University

Olumuyiwa Igbalajobi, University of British Columbia

Robert Luallen, San Diego State University

Lesley MacNeil, McMaster University

Brianah McCoy, Arizona State University

Richard Meisel, University of Houston

Estefania Sanchez Vasquez, University of California, Santa Cruz

Sarah Bay, Staff Liaison

Tracey DePellegrin, Staff Liaison


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Ethics Committee

The Ethics Committee is charged with developing, maintaining, and monitoring policies to address the ethical conduct of GSA members and participants in GSA programs.

Current Members

E. Jane Hubbard, Chair, President (2022), New York University School of Medicine Skirball Institute

Denise Montell (GSA Past President), University of California, Santa Barbara

C. Brandon Ogbunu, Yale University

Executive Committee

The Executive Committee acts on behalf of the Board of Directors between Board meetings and reports its actions to the Board, either directly or through the Executive Director.

Current Members

Mariana Wolfner, President (2024), Cornell University

Tracy Johnson, Immediate Past-President (2024), University of California, Los Angeles, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Brenda Andrews, Vice President (2024), University of Toronto

Swathi Arur, Secretary (2024), The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Tin Tin Su, Treasurer (2025), University of Colorado

Tracey DePellegrin, Staff Liaison

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Finance Committee

The Finance Committee advises the GSA Board on the annual budget, the management of Society bank accounts, and other financial matters.

Current Members

Tin Tin Su, Chair, University of Colorado, Boulder

Mariana Wolfner, President (ex officio), Cornell University

Tracy Johnson, University of California, Los Angeles

Lynn Cooley, Yale University

DJ Pan, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, HHMI Investigator

Mary Adams, Staff Liaison


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Microgrant Review Committee

The Microgrant Review Committee is responsible for reviewing applications for small grants that fund and sustain projects by scientists who run programs that benefit the GSA membership.

Current Members

Irene Miguel-Aliaga, Chair, Imperial College London

Patricia Wittkopp, University of Michigan

Julio Molina Pineda, University of Arkansas

Jadson Carlos dos Santos, Universidade de São Paulo

Ximena Gutierrez-Ramos, University of Maryland

Ujani Hazra, Georgia Institute of Technology

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is primarily responsible for the nominating candidates for GSA Board Officers and Directors.

Current Members

E. Jane Hubbard, Chair (ex officio), New York University School of Medicine Skirball Institute

Swathi Arur, Secretary (ex officio), University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center

R. Scott Hawley, Stowers Institute for Medical Research

Mary Mullins, University of Pennsylvania

Irene Miguel-Aliaga, Imperial College, London

Tracey DePellegrin, Staff Liaison


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Public Communication and Engagement Committee

The Committee’s primary task is supporting the production of content relating to GSA's long-term public communication and engagement goals. The content is intended to serve as a resource to support members in their own public communication and engagement activities.

Current Members

E. Jane Hubbard, Chair, New York University School of Medicine Skirball Institute

Elisabeth Marnik, Husson University

Stephanie Mohr, Harvard Medical School

C. Brandon Ogbunu, Yale University

Tracey DePellegrin, Staff Liaison

Publications Committee

The Publications Committee advises the GSA staff and the Editors in Chief of the GSA journals, GENETICS and G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics. The Committee Chair also forms the search committee for new Editors in Chief.

Current Members

Brenda Andrews, Chair, University of Toronto

Ruth Isaacson, Staff Liaison, GSA

Megan McCarty, Staff Liaison, GSA

Tracey Depellegrin, Executive Director, (ex officio) GSA


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