GSA is pleased to announce the recipients of the DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics for Spring 2021! Given twice a year to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, DeLill Nasser Awards support attendance at meetings and laboratory courses. 

The award is named in honor of DeLill Nasser, a long-time GSA supporter and National Science Foundation Program Director in Eukaryotic Genetics. Nasser was regarded by some as the “patron saint of real genetics,” shaping the field through more than two decades of leadership. She was especially supportive of young scientists, people who were beginning their careers, and those trying to open new areas of genetic inquiry. For more about Nasser, please see the tribute from Scott Hawley, published in the August 2001 issue of GENETICS.

Uma Arora

Uma Arora

Graduate Student, The Jackson Laboratory/Tufts University

“My research is discovering the scope of centromere DNA diversity and its influence on kinetochore protein association, evolution, and function.”

Xiaofei Bai

Xiaofei Bai

Postdoc, National Institutes of Health

“My current projects focus on modeling rare human diseases in Caenorhabditis elegans, and my studies aim to address the causes of these diseases at the cellular and molecular levels.”

Ankita Chavan

Ankita Chavan

Graduate Student, ETH Zurich

“I am studying the role of heterochromatin proteins in sex-specific germline maintenance using Drosophila as a model.”

Braveen Joseph

Braveen Joseph

Postdoc, University of Wyoming

“I study the regulation of vesicular trafficking by Conserved NIMA family kinases.”

Murat Can Kalem

Murat Can Kalem

Graduate Student, University at Buffalo SUNY

“I am investigating the role of protein arginine methylation, RNA-binding proteins and non-coding RNAs on the virulence and pathogenesis of Cryptococcus neoformans.”

Seyma Katrinli

Seyma Katrinli

Postdoc, Emory University

“My current research uses multiple types of genome-wide data (genetic, epigenetic, and gene expression) to develop a more comprehensive understanding of stress-related psychiatric disorders, and to explain the relationship between immune system and stress-related psychiatric disorders.”

Riley Kellermeyer

Riley Kellermeyer

Graduate Student, University of Nevada Reno

“I research how genetics shape the central nervous system during development to better understand how to treat spinal cord injuries.”

Jason Millington

Jason Millington

Graduate Student, University of British Columbia

“I use fruit flies to identify the metabolic genes and pathways that regulate the sex difference in nutrient-dependent growth and body size.”

Jessamyn Perlmutter

Jessamyn Perlmutter

Postdoc, University of Kansas

“I study the genetics and evolution of arthropod-microbe symbioses with a primary focus on Wolbachia bacteria of fruit flies.”

Xiaofeng (Allen) Su

Xiaofeng (Allen) Su

Postdoc, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

“I am studying how uncontrolled growth, DNA damage and genome instability lead to cancer.”

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