C. elegans Community Information

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Connect with the C. elegans research community at TAGC 2024! The meeting’s unique format offers multiple opportunities for you to share your work, learn about the latest research and tools, and build community. Hear the latest at the C. elegans Community Sessions.

Do you normally attend the C. elegans Development, Cell Biology, and Gene Expression Meeting? TAGC incorporates this meeting for 2024, so be sure to join your colleagues for TAGC.

What’s the hashtag?

The conference hashtag is #TAGC24. Use the #Worm24 community-specific hashtag alongside #TAGC24 and tag @GeneticsGSA to allow everyone to follow along!

Invited Speakers

Swathi Arur

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

David Fay

University of Wyoming

Siu Sylvia Lee

Cornell University

Oded Rechavi

Tel Aviv University

Geraldine Seydoux

John Hopkins University

Diana Libuda

Institute of Molecular Biology, University of Oregon

Diana Libuda, winner of FASEB’s Early Career Investigator Excellence in Science Award, will give her Award presentation during the C. elegans Community sessions.

Community Program Committee

Chair, David Katz, Emory University
Erin Cram, Northeastern University
Michelle Mondoux, College of the Holy Cross
Aakanksha Singhvi, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center
Amy Walker, University of Mass Medical School, Worcester

C. elegans representative on TAGC Allied Program Committee

Coleen Murphy, Princeton University

Sydney Brenner Dissertion Thesis Award

The Sydney Brenner Dissertation Thesis Award will be presented in 2024 to a graduate student who has completed an outstanding PhD research project in the area of genetics and genomics of C. elegans.


Graduate students that had their thesis defense between October 1, 2022 and September 30, 2023 are eligible. Nominations may be from any worm community member.


The deadline to submit an application was October 15, 2023. For consideration, the completed form and a full thesis PDF or link to a PDF (if larger than 10 MB) must be emailed to Amanda.Zacharias@cchmc.org by 11:59 pm Eastern Daylight Time (US) on October 15, 2023 with subject line “WORM THESIS AWARD”.

Letter of Recommendation
A separate letter of recommendation letter must be submitted by the letter writer from a work email address to Amanda.Zacharias@cchmc.org by October 15, 2023 with subject line “WORM THESIS AWARD: [Nominee Name]”. The letter may be from any PI who knows you well and should not exceed 1000 words. The letter should discuss:
-the state of the field prior to the start of your thesis project
-your role in the development of the thesis project
-your independence, creativity, and contributions to your thesis research
-any obstacles you overcame

Call for Judges for the Worm Community Graduate Thesis Award  

We are recruiting PIs to serve as judges for this Award from diverse races and ethnicities, research areas, geographic areas, institution types, and career stages. We will use the list of interested people to serve on the committees for this and future years. Sign up to indicate your interest in judging.

Donate to the endowment for this Award

Make a donation through the GSA website: under Donation Fund, click down to “Worm Community Graduate Thesis Award”.   The funds will be used to endow this Award so that the Awardee will receive funds to present their research at the TAGC conference in 2024 and the IWM/Topic meetings in future years.

Conference History

2023: Glasgow, Scotland
Anywhere and Everywhere

2020: The Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC), incorporating the C. elegans Development, Cell Biology, and Gene Expression Topic Meeting

2019: Los Angeles, CA

2017: Los Angeles, CA 

2016: Orlando, Fl