2019 finnerty awardees

The Victoria Finnerty Travel Award supports travel costs for undergraduates engaged in research to attend the Annual Drosophila Research Conference. Victoria Finnerty, who died in February 2011, was a long-time member of the Genetics Society of America and served the Drosophila community and the genetics community at large in many capacities. A wonderful geneticist, Vickie’s ground-breaking work as a graduate student used high-resolution recombination analysis to dissect gene structure. This set the stage for a 35-year career in which she excelled as a gifted teacher as well as research scientist. Vickie was also a wise and compassionate mentor and teacher for...


Daniel Hartl

Daniel Hartl, PhD, of Harvard University is the recipient of the 2019 Genetics Society of America (GSA) Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for his influential contributions to experimental and theoretical genetics research. His extraordinarily broad research program combines mathematical models with cutting-edge experimental techniques to tackle important questions in evolutionary biology and genomics. The Morgan Medal recognizes lifetime achievement in genetics research. Like Thomas Hunt Morgan, Hartl has conducted many of his studies on the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster. “By every objective measure, Dan has shaped the fields of population genetics and evolution,” says Rebekah Rogers, a professor of bioinformatics and...


New Faculty Profiles allow GSA members who are establishing their first labs to introduce themselves to our wider community. If you’d like to submit your profile, please complete this form. Kerry Geiler-Samerotte Assistant Professor at the Center for Mechanisms of Evolution School Of Life Sciences Arizona State University Lab website Briefly describe the ongoing and expected research projects as your lab gets up and running. Organisms are comprised of interacting parts. Even within single cells, networks of proteins regulate basic functions. The impact of perturbing one part of an organism—for example, via genetic mutation—can often be modified by perturbation to other parts. This...


A Wnt protein involved in the formation of the human ovary plays an important role in female zebrafish sex development.    Even though zebrafish are a well-studied research model, how these fish develop into males or females remains rather obscure—in part because the sex of lab strains is not determined by sex chromosomes. Research published in GENETICS reveals that one of the genes critical for proper development of mammalian ovaries seems to play a related role in zebrafish, providing insight into this major difference between fish and mammals. In humans and other mammals, Wnt4 encodes a signaling molecule that antagonizes...


hill day

Guest post by Giovanna Collu. Are you planning a visit to Capitol Hill to advocate for science? We asked Giovanna Collu, former Co-Chair of the Early Career Scientist Policy Subcommittee, to discuss the lessons she learned representing GSA at a Hill Day organized by the Federation of American Societies For Experimental Biology (FASEB).  As well as representing GSA, Giovanna has also represented the American Physiological Society as an Early Career Advocacy Fellow.   What is the key for a successful visit to Capitol Hill? Preparation is important—both in terms of understanding your audience and practicing what you want to say...