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.

Our Board

The GSA Board of Directors understands the unique needs and challenges of scientists because they are scientists themselves. This group of dedicated volunteers works in tandem with Society staff and committee members to create GSA’s strategic plan and oversee GSA programs. The Board of Directors is elected by GSA members, and each member serves a three-year term.

Terry R. Magnuson, PhD

2020, President

UNC School of Medicine

Sarah Graham Kenan Professor of Genetics; Vice Chancellor for Research; Founding Chair of UNC Genetics

Denise J. Montell, PhD

2021, Vice-President

University of California Santa Barbara

Duggan Professor and Distinguished Professor

Jeannie T. Lee, MD/PhD

2019, Immediate Past President

Harvard Medical School

Professor of Genetics and Pathology; Co-Director of the Harvard Epigenetics Initiative

Massachusetts General Hospital

Molecular Biologist

Erika L. Matunis, PhD

2021, Secretary

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Professor and Principal Investigator

Piali Sengupta, PhD

2019, Treasurer

Brandeis University

Professor of Biology; Chair, Department of Biology

Swathi Arur, PhD


The University of Texas

MD Anderson Cancer Center

Jef D. Boeke, PhD, SCD


NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC)

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology

Institute for Systems Genetics, NYULMC

Founding Director

Kirsten Bomblies, PhD


ETH Zürich

Professor of Molecular Plant Sciences



Rebecca Burdine, PhD


Princeton University

Associate Professor of Molecular Biology

Cassandra Extavour, PhD


Harvard University

Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and of Molecular and Cellular Biology

Pamela K. Geyer, PhD


University of Iowa

Professor of Biochemistry; Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Mary Lou Guerinot, PhD


Dartmouth College

Ronald and Deborah Harris Professor; Department of Biological Sciences

Matthew W. Hahn, PhD


Indiana University

Professor of Biology; Professor of Computer Science; Director of the Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics

Hopi Elisabeth Hoekstra, PhD


Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Harvard University

Alexander Agassiz Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology

Jordan D. Ward, PhD

2021, Early Career Director

University of California Santa Cruz

Assistant Professor of MCD Biology

See past officers

Didem P. Sarikaya, PhD

2019, Trainee Advisory Representative

University of California Davis

UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellow


Brenda J. Andrews, PhD

2020, Editor in Chief, G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics

University of Toronto

Professor and Chair of the Banting & Best Department of Medical Research; Charles H. Best Chair in Medical Research; Director of the Terrence Donnelly Centre for Cellular and Biomolecular Research


Mark Johnston, PhD

2020, Editor in Chief, GENETICS

University of Colorado–Denver

Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics at Anschutz Medical Campus

Tracey DePellegrin

Executive Director

Genetics Society of America

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