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.

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Denise J. Montell, PhD

2021, President

University of California Santa Barbara

Duggan Professor and Distinguished Professor

Hugo Bellen, DVM, PhD

2022, Vice-President

Baylor College of Medicine

Professor, Molecular and Human Genetics, Neuroscience, and Developmental Biology

Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute 

Terry R. Magnuson, PhD

2020, Immediate Past President

UNC School of Medicine

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

Erika L. Matunis, PhD

2021, Secretary

Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Professor and Principal Investigator

Mike Buszczak

Michael Buszczak, PhD

2022, Treasurer

The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Professor, E. E. and Greer Garson Fogelson Scholar in Medical Research, Department of Molecular Biology, and Center for Regenerative Science and Medicine, 

Swathi Arur, PhD

2021, Executive Committee Member-at-large

The University of Texas

MD Anderson Cancer Center

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

Matthew W. Hahn, PhD


Indiana University

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

Oliver Hobert, PhD


Columbia University

Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Irene Miguel-Aliaga, PhD


Imperial College London

Professor of Genetics and Physiology

MRC London Institute of Medical Sciences, United Kingdom

Genes and Metabolism Section Chair

Steven Munger, PhD


The Jackson Laboratory

Assistant Professor of Systems Genetics

Jordan D. Ward, PhD


University of California Santa Cruz

Assistant Professor of MCD Biology

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Gavin Rice

2021, Early Career Representative

University of Pittsburgh

Postdoctoral Researcher

Jessica Velez

2021, Early Career Representative

Bredesen Center, University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Graduate Research Associate

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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