I am a former women’s NCAA swimmer, and I support Lia Thomas. Guest post by Sam Sharpe PhD. interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth is the oldest and largest nonprofit dedicated to advancing the legal and human rights of people born with intersex traits. Founded in 2006, interACT oversees the largest youth-led intersex advocacy group in the United States, is at the forefront of intersex litigation, and regularly advises public and private entities on how best to support the needs of intersex people. interACT’s mission is to put an end to non-consensual, medically unnecessary surgeries performed on intersex children in an...


Sharifu Kiragga Tusuubira

We’re taking time to get to know the members of the GSA’s Early Career Scientist Committees. Join us to learn more about our early career scientist advocates. Sharifu Kiragga Tusuubira Policy and Advocacy Subcommittee University of Kansas Research interest :  I am a third-year PhD candidate in the Ecology and Evolutionary biology program in the Kelly Lab. Our laboratory uses yellow monkey flower, a model organism, to answer the question, “Why is everyone different from everyone else?” Most of the traits that make us different are influenced by both genes and environment (e.g. eye color in humans) in which there is a...


Dros22 Poster Award Winners

We are pleased to announce the GSA Poster Award winners from the 63rd Annual Drosophila Research Conference! Undergraduate and graduate student members of the GSA were eligible for the awards, and a hard-working team of postdocs volunteered their time as judges. Congratulations to all! Undergraduate Students 1st Place: Abby Matt, Washington University in St. Louis "Graphene Enabled Optical Control of Drosophila." 2nd Place: Grace Woods, Lewis and Clark College "The role of Thrombospondin in development and function of the Drosophila melanogaster neuromuscular junction." 3rd Place: Jennifer McIntyre, University of California, Irvine "Environmental Effects on the Epigenetic Silencing of Transposable Elements." Graduate...


Tara Zeynep Baris

In the Decoding Life series, we talk to geneticists with diverse career paths, tracing the many directions possible after research training. This series is brought to you by the GSA Early Career Scientist Career Development Subcommittee.  Although training in genetics is highly transferable, transitioning out of academia can present a lot of challenges. We interviewed Dr. Tara Zeynep Baris to discuss her transition out of academia and into a career in data science. Dr. Baris received her PhD in Evolutionary Genomics at the University of Miami. Desiring flexibility and a diverse workload, Dr. Tara Zeynep Baris pursued data science through...


Photo of Margaret Fuller

Complex multicellular organisms have mastered the art of specialization; embryonic stem cells give rise to a multitude of different cell types that perform specific functions. Later, adult stem cells dedicated to specific tissues maintain and repair many organs in the body throughout life. Some specialized cell types, like skin, blood, lining of the intestine and colon, and sperm are continually replenished, each from their own dedicated adult stem cells. When such adult stem cells divide, they must not only spawn cells able to specialize into the correct cell type(s) but also produce new stem cells to maintain regenerative capacity. Margaret...