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.

Annual Appeal Committee

The Annual Appeal Committee leads efforts to attract donations to support GSA's mission, including programs, services, awards, and grants. Learn more about the 2019 Annual Appeal!

Current Members

Swathi Arur

Jef Boeke

Jay Dunlap

Joseph Heitman

Phil Hieter

Mark Johnston

Thomas Kaufman

Jeannie Lee

Jasper Rine

Terry Magnuson (GSA President)

Denise Montell (GSA Vice-President)

Tracey DePellegrin (ex officio)

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

Hopi Hoekstra, Chair

JoAnne Engebrecht

Mark Johnston

Jasper Rine

Mary Adams, Staff Liaison

Awards Committee

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

Current Members

Andy Clark

Monica Colaiacovo

Susan Gottesman

Mary Lou Guerinot

Tom Petes

Eric Selker

Mariana Wolfner

Anne Marie Mahoney, Staff Liaison

Bylaws Committee

The Bylaws committee maintains GSA's bylaws and recommends any necessary revisions and updates.

Current Members

Terry Magnuson, Chair

Swathi Arur

Cassandra Extavour

Hopi Hoekstra

Fred Winston

Mary Van Tyne, Staff Liaison

Conference Childcare Committee

The Conference Childcare Committee recommends ways to better serve primary caregivers at GSA Conferences.

Current Members

Tânia Reis, Chair

Julie Claycomb

Sean Curran

Rhea Datta

Elisabeth Marnik

Thomas Merritt

Maureen Peters

Madhumala Sadanandappa

Gillian Stanfield

Sarah Bay, Staff Liaison

Conferences Committee

The Conferences Committee considers new conference offerings and advises GSA on conference guidelines. They work to identify innovative or emerging topics, increase speaker diversity, and create a Code of Conduct.

Current Members

Jef Boeke

Susan Dutcher

Joe Heitman

Hopi Hoekstra

Geoffrey Kapler

Terry Magnuson

Dmitri Petrov

Meera Sundaram

Suzy Brown, Staff Liaison

Anne Marie Mahoney, Staff Liaison

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

Joanne Engebrecht, Chair

Sharon Amacher

Aleeza Gerstein

Matt Gibson

Pam Hanson

Ping Hseuh

Amanda Larracuente

Nitin Phadnis

Jeffrey Thomas, ex officio

David Threadgill

Anne Marie Mahoney, Staff Liaison

Early Career Scientist (ECS) Steering Committee

Members of the ECS Steering Committee work to address the challenges and concerns of their fellow early career scientists. The Steering 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

Gavin Rice, Co-Chair

Ryan Briscoe Runquist, Co-Chair

Ina Anreiter, Member

Veronica Donato, Member

Nele Haelterman, Member

Lindsay Holden, Member

Shan Meltzer, Member

Anthony Arena, Liaison, Policy Subcommittee

Mahlon Collins, Liaison, Communication & Outreach Subcommittee

Kristin Lee, Liaison, Career Development Subcommittee

Lucy Xie, Liaison, Diversity Subcommittee

JoAnne Engebrecht, Advisor

Victoria McGovern, Advisor

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

Tony Patelunas, Co-Chair

Amanda Shaver, Co-Chair

Bernarda Calla, Member

Abigail DiVito, Member

Malgorzata Gazda, Member

Nicole Green, Member

Ruchi Jhonsa, Member

Seyma Katrinli, Member

Kristin Lee, Member

Sonali Majumdar, Member

Erika Matunis, Advisor

Pat Phelps, Advisor

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

Angel Fernando Cisneros Caballero, Co-Chair

Jessica Velez, Co-Chair

Narjes Alfuariji, Member

Haifa Alhadyian, Member

Anna Bajur, Member

Carla Bautista Rodríguez, Member

Mahlon Collins, Member

Zach Grochau-Wright, Member

Adelita Mendoza, Member

Vandana Raghavan, Member

Raj Rajeshwar Malinda, Member

Amey Redkar, Member

Joseph Tolsma, Member

Cassandra Extavor, Advisor

Thomas Merritt, Advisor

Early Career Scientist Policy 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

Lacy Barton, Co-Chair

Emma Powell, Co-Chair

Anthony Arena, Member

Albert Hinman, Member

Ana Mesquita, Member

Nathaniel Noblett, Member

Lossie Rooney, Member

Education Committee

The Education Committee supports genetics education and education research, in part by reviewing education-related workshop applications and abstracts for GSA conferences.

Current Members

Justin DiAngelo, Chair

Nicole Green

Jennifer Knight

Julie Hall

Teresa Lee

Te-Wen Lo

Courtney Scerbak

Rachelle Spell

Robert Ward

Erin Suderman, Staff Liaison


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

Noah Whiteman, Chair

Derek Applewhite

Andrew Arsham

Zeke Elkins

Michael Gonzales

Gustavo MacIntosh

Shan Meltzer

Alana O’Reilly

Nadia Singh

Tracey DePellegrin, Staff Liaison

Joycelyn Johnson, Staff Liaison

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

Terry Magnuson, President (2020)

Denise Montell, Vice-President (2021)

Jeannie Lee, Past President (2019)

Erika Matunis, Secretary (2021)

Piali Sengupta, Treasurer (2019)

Pam Geyer, At-large Director (2021)

Tracey DePellegrin, Staff Liaison

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

Piali Sengupta, Chair (ex officio)

Jef Boeke

Mark Johnston

Mary Adams, Staff Liaison

Nominating Committee

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

Current Members

Jeannie Lee, Chair (ex officio)

Erika Matunis, Secretary (ex officio)

Tracey DePellegrin, Staff Liaison

David Greenstein

Fernando Pardo-Manuel de Villena

Mariana Wolfner

Mary Van Tyne, Staff Liaison

Public Policy Committee

The Public Policy Committee assists in enacting public policy strategies and advises GSA leadership and staff on matters related to public policy.

Current Members

Mary Lou Guerinot

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

Howard Lipshitz, Chair

Kirsten Bomblies

DJ De Koning

Tony Long

Paul Sternberg

Mariana Wolfner

Brenda Andrews, Editor in Chief, G3 (ex officio)

Mark Johnston, Editor in Chief, GENETICS (ex officio)

Tracey DePellegrin, Executive Director (ex officio)

Ruth Isaacson, Staff Liaison

Want to make a difference?

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