Jean R. David

Jean Robert David, the last active member of the French generation who significantly contributed to the establishment of the nine species in the Drosophila melanogaster subgroup as a model for evolutionary genetics, passed away on June 19, 2021, aged 90. Jean dedicated his 70-year academic career to studying Drosophila biology and evolution, starting as an assistant teacher of biology at the University of Lyon in the early 1950s. His master’s thesis, under the supervision of Victor Nigon (1920–2015), a major figure in the history of Caenorhabditis genetics, concerned the effects of temperature and nutrition on the vestigial mutant in D....


New Bolotie method can handle the barrage of sequencing data that posed a problem for conventional recombination algorithms. Humanity has faced many pandemics throughout history, but never before have we tackled an active pandemic while so well equipped with genetic technology. In fact, when SARS-CoV-2 struck, the genetics community produced so much sequencing data so quickly that existing software couldn’t handle it all. To study how the viral genome was changing, researchers at Johns Hopkins University created new software capable of processing tens of thousands of individual genome sequences. Their results, published in GENETICS, identified 225 likely instances of recombination,...


Jiae Lee

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 2021 early career scientist advocates. Jiae Lee Multimedia Subcommittee University of Washington and University of California, Irvine Postdoc Scholar Research Interest  For more than 15 years, flies have been my science partner. With flies, I was trained as a geneticist, developmental biologist, and cell biologist. During my Master’s, I delved into a single sugar molecule, O-GlcNAc, that modifies proteins to modulate their structure, interactions, location, and function. To profile the proteins modified by O-GlcNAc, I used proteomic approaches to...


#Dros21 Poster Awards

We are pleased to announce the GSA Poster Award winners from the 62nd 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: Umayr R. Shaikh Institution: Butler University Poster Title: "Exploring size scaling relationships in the developing Drosophila egg chamber" 2nd Place: Sarah Sims Institution: University of Alabama at Birmingham Poster Title: "Consequences of the Loss of Multiple HP1 Proteins in Drosophila melanogaster" 3rd Place: Abigail Wukitch Institution: Bucknell University Poster Title: "The limits of...


Walhout lab

Guest post by A.J. Marian Walhout, PhD. Massachusetts, March 2020: The early days of the COVID-19 pandemic that would profoundly affect us all. Labs shut down abruptly, assay trials were disrupted, some experiments in progress were thrown out. Now what? With pipettes unused on the bench and the foreseeable future unclear, how long would this take? A week or two? Oh, how naïve we were. Many labs pivoted to do research on the new virus, leading to many papers, demonstrating that publishing doesn’t have to take months. But I digress… When the lockdown started, I immediately thought my lab could...