The Presidential Membership Initiative was launched in 2020 as a way for the Genetics Society of America to invite talented and creative individuals from diverse backgrounds into our community. We are pleased to introduce the inaugural cohort of Presidential Members. Throughout 2021, they will network with one another and with other Society and Board members, participate in GSA Conferences, and be valued additions to our community. Welcome, Presidential Members!

We will be introducing Presidential Members all week, so be sure to check back and meet your new colleagues.



Emmanuel Adamolekun
Medical Laboratory Scientist, University of Medical Science Teaching Hospital Complex, Ondo State
Research Associate, Helix Biogen Research Institute

I use immunoinformatics approaches to develop multi-epitope vaccines for parasitic infections.



Oyindamola Adefisayo
Graduate Student, Glickman Lab, Weill Cornell Medicine

I study how the DNA damage response in mycobacteria is regulated and how this contributes to antibiotic resistance.



C. Eduardo Guerra Amorim
Research Assistant, Department of Computational Biology, University of Lausanne

My research leverages genetic diversity from modern populations and human remains to learn about natural selection, human history, and disease.



Ivan Mijail De la Cruz Arguello
Postdoc, Oyama Lab, National Autonomous University of Mexico

I am fascinated by the genetic basis of local adaptation in plants. In particular, I want to understand how natural selection shapes the genetic/genomic composition of populations in the context of plant-herbivore interactions.



James Aykit
Senior Undergraduate, Mullins Lab, University of Pennsylvania

My lab uses zebrafish to study oocyte and embryo development. Specifically, I’m interested in studying maternal effects.



Dondra Bailey
Assistant Professor, Coppin State University

I use bioinformatic approaches to understand the function of cytoskeletal cross-linking factors during oocyte development in zebrafish.



Daniel Baker
Graduate Student, Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

I am interested in understanding what causes aging and what we can do to slow or reverse its effects.



Kaushal Kumar Bhati
Chargé de recherches, Batoko Lab, Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium

I am trying to understand how autophagy could help plants to withstand environmental cues using genetics, cell biology, and imaging.



Arjun Biddanda
Postdoc, Palamara Lab, University of Oxford

My research is primarily in human population genetics with an emphasis on developing statistical methods and theory. I’m particularly interested in developing new methods to characterize population structure and the architecture of complex traits.



Raymond D Blind
Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University

I use mammalian genetics, genomics, and structural biology to query how nuclear second messenger signaling molecules rapidly and transiently impinge on transcription. We are particularly interested in how nuclear inositides and inositols directly and dynamically regulate chromatin-bound proteins.



Anish Bose
Graduate Student, Smith-Bolton Lab, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign

My lab works on understanding the process of tissue regeneration using Drosophila as a model organism.



Tancia W Bradshaw
Graduate Student, Armstrong Lab, University of South Carolina-Columbia

The lab’s overall interest is understanding how multiple organs coordinate nutritional input. My research focuses on how insulin/insulin-like growth factor signaling (IIS) in adipocytes regulates various processes along the stem cell lineage in the Drosophila ovary.

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