Rosalind Franklin Award recipients

The Genetics Society of America (GSA) and The Gruber Foundation are delighted to announce that the 2022 recipients of the Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award are Aude Bernheim, PhD, of INSERM; Kara McKinley, PhD, of Harvard University; and Viviane Slon, PhD, of Tel Aviv University. Funded by The Gruber Foundation and administered by the GSA, the Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award is granted once every three years to women who have conducted exceptional and creative research in the field of genetics and who have recently begun or are about to begin their first faculty-level positions. This year, for the first time, three winners have been selected...


Stephen Klusza with a microscope

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.  Stephen Klusza was inspired to become a scientist by his high school genetics teacher, whom he recalls was “ironically named Dr. Force.” In the middle of his graduate studies in biological sciences at Florida State University, he lost his ability to hear. Through determination, hard work, and supportive colleagues, Dr. Klusza continued his academic training and completed a postdoctoral appointment at the University of...


Colorful threads braiding together

Hybrid (conference) vigor

September 15, 2021

Four GSA communities are excited to meet in person in 2022 — and to experiment with hybrid conferences that combine the benefits of online and in-person meetings. After two years of online meetings of all kinds, we are thrilled to return to scientific conversations in person! In 2022, many of us will be together again, enjoying the science—and the company—at our regular in-person conferences with virtual attendance options. #Fungal22 and #PEQG22 will take place at Asilomar in Pacific Grove, California and #Dros22 will be in San Diego, California. #Yeast22 will be held in person at a location to be announced...


blood vessels

Discovery of thiabendazole target explains vascular disrupting action. Even after hundreds of millions of years of evolution, some yeast genes persist mostly intact in humans and other vertebrates. Despite the huge differences between yeast and humans, these genes perform the same molecular function in both organisms but have been adapted over time into new contexts. Learning about these evolutionarily enduring genes can provide important insight into complex systems in large organisms. About a decade ago, researchers led by molecular biologist Edward Marcotte and John Wallingford of the University of Texas at Austin discovered that a medication used to treat fungal...


Jacob Ortega and Nicole Torosin

The Genetics Society of America Board of Directors is pleased to welcome two new Early Career Representatives. Congratulations to the new appointees, who will serve two-year terms on the Board working to support the needs of all GSA members. Jacob Ortega is currently a graduate student at Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson Cancer Center in the lab of Dr. Swathi Arur. His research focuses on using the roundworm C. elegans as a model to understand how small non-coding RNAs regulate germ cell development and fertility. As a first-generation college student, navigating the unfamiliar landscape of academic science has...