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Interested in making a difference? Let us know if you are willing to serve on a committee or volunteer in another capacity with GSA. Note that all committee members must be GSA members during their service. Send an email to society@genetics-gsa.org letting us know which committees or opportunities you are most interested in and why you would be effective in the role. GSA periodically announces committee vacancies via our email newsletter.

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If you are graduate student or postdoc: consider applying for GSA’s Early Career Leadership and Professional Development Program. Participants serve in our highly active Early Career Scientist committees to propose, develop, and implement initiatives that address unmet needs for the early career scientist community. Participants complete the program with new skills, a network of peers and mentors, and concrete deliverables that demonstrate their abilities.


Serving this subcommittee has helped me expand my personal and professional network and further develop my leadership and organizational skills.

Jessica Velez, Grad student and Co-Chair of the Communication and Outreach Subcommittee
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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

Pam Geyer, Chair, University of Iowa

Hugo Bellen, Baylor College of Medicine/Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute

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 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

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

Leonid Kruglyak, UCLA/Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Detlef Weigel, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

Shinya Yamamoto, Baylor College of Medicine

Anne Marie Mahoney, Staff Liaison


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Bylaws Committee

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

Current Members

Terry Magnuson, Chair, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Swathi Arur, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Cassandra Extavour, Harvard University

Hopi Hoekstra, Harvard University/Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Fred Winston, Harvard Medical School

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, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Julie Claycomb, University of Toronto

Sean Curran, University of Southern California

Rhea Datta, Hamilton College

Elisabeth Marnik, Husson University

Thomas Merritt, Laurentian University

Maureen Peters, Oberlin College

Madhumala Sadanandappa, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Gillian Stanfield, University of Utah

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

Steve Munger, Chair, The Jackson Laboratory

Becky Burdine, Princeton University, Molecular Biology

Maitreya Dunham, University of Washington

Lex Flagel

Emily Josephs, Michigan State University

Mustafa Khokha, Yale University

Molly Matty, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Gavin Rice, University of Pittsburgh

Cathy Savage-Dunn, Queens College and the Graduate Center, CUNY

Arun Sethuraman, California State University San Marcos

Kailene Simon, Atalanta Therapeutics

Mariana Wolfner, Cornell University

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

JoAnne Engebrecht, Chair, University of California, Davis

Nick Buchler, North Carolina State University

Clement Chow, University of Utah

Kathy Gould, Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Pam Hanson, Furman University

Ping Hseuh, Academia Sinica

Teresa Lee, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Buck Samuel, Baylor College of Medicine

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

David Threadgill, Texas A&M University

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 with the GSA Executive Director and members of the Board of Directors 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

Małgorzata Gazda, IBENS

Balint Kacsoh, University of Pennsylvania

Şeyma Katrinli, Emory University School of Medicine

Kaushal Kumar Bhati, Université catholique de Louvain

Jiae Lee, University of Washington

Katherine Maniates, Marquette University

Molly Matty (she/her/hers), Salk Institute for Biological Sciences

Adelita Mendoza, Washington University

Karyn Onyeneho, Howard University

Madhumala Sadanandappa, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Jordan Ward, advisor, University of California at Santa Cruz

Aakanksha Singhvi, advisor, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center


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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

Oindrila De, Co-chair and Liaison

Adelita Mendoza, Co-chair and Liaison

Gavin Rice, Member

Madhumala Sadanandappa, Member

Karyn Onyeneho, Member and Liaison

David Peede, Member and Liaison

Leire Abalde-Atristain, Member and Liaison

Ahna Skop, Advisor

Stephen Klusza, 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

Molly Matty, co-chair, Salk Institute for Biological Sciences

Madhumala Sadanandappa, co-chair, Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth

Raz Bar-Ziv, member, UC Berkeley

Antonia De Maio, member, Massachusetts General Hospital

Melissa Drown (she/her/hers), member, University of Miami

Michelle Jonika, member, Texas A&M University

Sourav Kolay, member, UT Southwestern Medical Center

Ankit Sood, member, University of Minnesota

Nicole Torosin, member, Rutgers University

CJ Neely, advisor, Johns Hopkins Medical Institute

Xyanthine Orethia Gilmore Parillon, advisor, University of Houston-Downtown


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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

Karyn Onyeneho, co-chair, Howard University

Narjes Alfuraji, member, University of Manchester

Mahlon Collins, member, University of Minnesota

Anna Drangowska-Way, member, University of Virginia

Alida de Flamingh, member, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Karishma Gangwani, member, University of Dayton

Rachel Meade, member, Duke University

Caitlin Simopoulos, member, University of Ottawa

Riley St. Clair, member, University of British Columbia

Jacob L Steenwyk, member, Vanderbilt University

Elisabeth Marnik, advisor, Husson University

Stephanie Mohr, advisor, Harvard Medical School


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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

Kaushal Kumar Bhati, co-chair, Université catholique de Louvain

Małgorzata Gazda, co-chair, IBENS

Adrien Assie, member, Baylor College of Medicine

Marie Berenguer, member, Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute

Frederick Boehm, member, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Peren Coskun, member, University of Massachusetts Medical School

Courtney McClure, member, UCLA

Aishwarya Kothari, member, Montana State University

Celia Payen, advisor, International Fragrances & Flavors, Nutrition & Biosciences 

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

Seyma Katrinli, co-chair, Emory University

Jiae Lee, co-chair, University of Washington

Daniel Baker, member, University of Pennsylvania

Holly Kleinschmidt, member, Penn State University

David Peede, member, Brown University

Ananya Nidamangala Srinivasa, member, University of Kansas Medical Center

Nele Haelterman, advisor, Baylor College of Medicine

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

Balint Zoltan Kacsoh, co-chair, University of Pennsylvania

Katherine Maniates, co-chair, Marquette University

Jamie Barr, member, University of California San Diego

Riley Kellermeyer, member, University of Nevada, Reno

Nathaniel Noblett, member, University of Ottawa

Lucero Rogel-Hernandez, member

Sharifu K. Tusuubira, member

Marah Wahbeh, member, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Lynn Marquis, advisor, Coalition for Life Sciences


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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

Justin DiAngelo, Chair, Penn State Berks

Noveera Ahmed, St. John Fisher College

Daron Barnard, Worcester State University

Nicole Crown, Case Western Reserve University

Maitreya Dunham, University of Washington

Nicole Green, University of Iowa

Julie Hall, Lincoln Memorial University

Teresa Lee, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Te-Wen Lo, Ithaca College

Robert Ward, Case Western Reserve University

Mary Miller, Rhodes College

Joel Sharbrough, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology

Erin Suderman, Staff Liaison

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

Noah Whiteman, Chair, University of California, Berkeley

Jessica Aguilar, University of California, Berkeley

Anna Allen, Howard University

Derek Applewhite, Reed College

Andrew Arsham, Bemidji State University

Michael Gonzales

Gustavo MacIntosh, Iowa State University

Shan Meltzer, Harvard University

Alana O’Reilly, Fox Chase Cancer Center

Nadia Singh, University of Oregon

Chiyedza Small, City University of New York, Medgar Evers College

Rebecca Tarvin, University of California, Berkeley

Quan Yuan, National Institute of Health

Sarah Bay, Staff Liaison

Tracey DePellegrin, Staff Liaison


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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

Hugo Bellen, President (2021), Baylor College of Medicine/Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute

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

Denise Montell, Past President (2020), University of California, Santa Barbara

Erika Matunis, Secretary (2021), Johns Hopkins University

Mike Buszczak, Treasurer (2022), University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Steve Munger, Member at Large (2022), The Jackson Laboratory

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

Mike Buszczak, Chair, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Hugo Bellen, President (ex officio), Baylor College of Medicine/Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute

Denise Montell, University of California, Santa Barbara

Swathi Arur, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Norbert Perrimon, Harvard Medical School/Howard Hughes Medical Institute

Mary Adams, Staff Liaison


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Fundraising Committee

The Fundraising Committee leads efforts to attract donations to support GSA's mission, including programs, services, awards, and grants.

Current Members

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

Hugo Bellen (GSA President), Baylor College of Medicine/Howard Hughes Medical Institute/Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute

Swathi Arur, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Jef Boeke, NYU Langone Medical Center

Jay Dunlap, Dartmouth Medical School

Marnie Halpern, Carnegie Institute of Washington

Joseph Heitman, Duke University

Phil Hieter, University of British Columbia

Mark Johnston, University of Colorado School of Medicine

Thomas Kaufman, Indiana University

Jeannie Lee, Harvard University/Massachusetts General Hospital

Terry Magnuson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Steven Munger, The Jackson Laboratory

Jasper Rine, University of California, Berkeley

Tracey DePellegrin (ex officio)

Nominating Committee

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

Current Members

Denise Montell, Chair (ex officio), University of California, Santa Barbara

Erika Matunis, Secretary (ex officio), Johns Hopkins University

Folami Ideraabdullah, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Leonie Moyle, Indiana University

C. Brandon Ogbunu, Yale University

Piali Sengupta, Brandeis University

Tracey DePellegrin, Staff Liaison

Mary Van Tyne, 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

Cristy Gelling, 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

David Fay, University of Wyoming

Marquis Walker, James Madison University

Tanja Slotte, Stockholm University

Tina Tootle, University of Iowa

Susan L. Forsburg, University of Southern California

Sohini Ramachandran, Brown University

DJ De Koning, Chair Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Howard Lipshitz, Editor in Chief, GENETICS (ex officio), University of Toronto

Brenda Andrews, Editor in Chief, G3 (ex officio) University of Toronto, The Donnelly Centre

Ruth Isaacson, Staff Liaison, GSA

Megan McCarty, Staff Liaison, GSA

Tracey Depellegrin, Executive Director, (ex officio) GSA


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