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2016 Election Ballot

Deadline for Receipt of Ballot: 11:59 pm US EDT, Monday, September 19, 2016


Biographical Sketches of Nominees


VICE-PRESIDENT (vote for one)

TREASURER (vote for one)

DIRECTOR (vote for one in each section)


VICE-PRESIDENT (vote for one)

Jeannie T. Lee, MD, PhD

Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital; Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute; and Co-Director of the Harvard Epigenetics Initiative


Candidacy Statement: We live in an exciting time for Genetics research. Although our discipline dates back more than 150 years and has enjoyed a long, illustrious history, I believe that the best is yet to come. When I served on the GSA Board of Directors (2011-2013), we looked into the future of Genetics and saw thriving model organism communities. However, we also saw ourselves becoming increasingly specialized and isolated, and we were concerned that this isolation would erode the perceived value of model organism research to the biomedical research enterprise and policy-makers. At a time of federal budget constraints and strong competing interests, the GSA’s role in speaking up for model organism research is more important than ever. This sense of urgency is why I, as GSA Conferences Chair, helped to spearhead The 2016 Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC) to bring together 7 Genetics communities for scientific synergy, mentoring of future generations of geneticists, and science advocacy. The GSA is about more than just our science. It is also about education and teaching the public about why model organism genetics is so important for biology and human health. All of these goals require resources. If elected President, I would like to prioritize four areas: (i) Broadening the alliance between older and newer model organisms, (ii) building on the successes of GENETICS and G3, (iii) extending public outreach and communications, and (iv) establishing a GSA Development Office.


Education: A.B., Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Harvard University (1986). M.D./Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (1993).


Career Summary: Clinical Pathology residency, the Massachusetts General Hospital (1993-1994); Postgraduate training, Whitehead Institute & MIT (1995-1997); Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School and the Massachusetts General Hospital (1997-present); Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2001-present); and Co-Director, Harvard Epigenetics Initiative (2014-present).


Honors and Awards: Centennial Award, GSA, for outstanding GENETICS publication (2016). The Lurie Prize, Foundation for the NIH (2016); Election to the National Academy of Sciences (2015); Distinguished Graduate Award, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine (2014); NIH MERIT Award (2011); The Molecular Biology Prize, National Academy of Sciences (2010); Fellow of the AAAS (2010); Pew Scholars Award (2000); Basil O’Connor Scholar Award (1998); Chief Resident, Clinical Pathology, MGH (1994).


Professional Service Activities: Conferences organization: TAGC (2016), RNA/Cancer AACR (2012, 2015), RNA Keystone (2004, 2012, 2015), Epigenetics Gordon Conference (2009). GSA Board of Directors (2011-2013). GSA Conferences Chair (2012-2013). Scientific Advisory Boards (RaNA, 2011-present; Fulcrum, 2015-present). Board of Overseers, Boston Philharmonic Orchestras (2015-present). Electorate Nominating Committee, AAAS (2011-2014). NIH study section, MGB (2005-2009). Chair, Charles King Foundation Grant Review Panel (2013-2015). Associate Editor (PLoS-Genetics, 2006-present; eLIFE, 2016-present).


Major Research Interests: Model organism – mouse. Epigenetic regulation by long noncoding RNAs; X-chromosome inactivation; genomic imprinting; and genetic disease.





Barbara J. Meyer, PhD

Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Professor of Genetics, Genomics, and Development in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, University of California, Berkeley


Candidacy Statement: The power and impact of genetics has never been more widely acknowledged, and I feel energized by the prospect of helping the GSA play an even greater role in education, research, and public policy. Ironically, as the prominence of genetics rises exponentially, the political climate poses ever more serious challenges to our very missions. I want to work with our impressive genetics community to expand research in model organisms, broaden our outreach, educate young and old about promises and pitfalls of genome engineering, and persuade our politicians to capitalize on the strengths of genetic approaches to benefit our society.


Education: BA in Biology, Stanford University; PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (with Mark Ptashne), Harvard University (1979).


Career SummaryPostdoctoral training: Postdoctoral Fellow (with Sydney Brenner) at the Medical Research Council Lab of Molecular Biology, Cambridge, England (1979-1982). Faculty appointments: Assistant Professor (1982-1989) and Associate Professor with tenure (1989-1990), Biology Department, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Professor, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, U.C. Berkeley (1990-present); Adjunct Professor, U.C. San Francisco School of Medicine (1997-present), Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (1997-present). U.C. Berkeley administration: Head of MCB Administrative Services Unit (1993-1995); Head of the Genetics Division, Department of Molecular and Cell Biology (1995-1998); Director of the Molecular and Cell Biology Graduate Program (2004-2010).


Honors and Awards: Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellowship (1979-1982); Merck Career Development Award (1985-1987); National Science Foundation Woman's Faculty Award (1989-1990); Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences (elected 1995); N.I.H. MERIT Award (1995-2005); Member, U. S. National Academy of Sciences (elected 2000); Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology (elected 2000); The Harvey Society Lecture (2000); Holiday Lectures for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2001); Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences (elected 2008); Genetics Society of America Medal (2008); Li Ka Shing Foundation Women in Science Distinguished Lectures in China (2010); Miller Institute Senior Fellow (2013-2018); Fellow, American Philosophical Society (elected 2014); Fritz-Lipmann Award from the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (2015).


Professional Service ActivitiesGSA activities: GSA Board of Directors (1993-1995); Editorial Board for Genetics (2000-2014). Advisory Boards: Advisory Board for the Cold Spring Harbor Graduate Ph.D. Program (1998-present); Chair, Scientific Advisory Board for the Belgian genomics company Devgen (1998-2001); Scientific Advisory Committee for the Helen Hay Whitney Postdoctoral Fellowships (2000-present); Scientific Advisory Board for the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics in Berlin (2001-2011); Scientific Advisory Committee of the Kansas City Area Life Sciences Institute (2002-2013); PI, N.I.H. Genetics Training Grant (2005-1010); Council, American Society for Cell Biology (2006-2009); Scientific Advisory Board for Max F. Perutz Laboratories (MFPL), University of Vienna (2013-2017). Federal Government Advisory Boards: Member, N.I.H. National Advisory Research Resources Council [NCRR] (1993-1997); Member, Scientific and Technical Advisory Committee (STAC) of the University of Chicago Board of Governors for Argonne National Laboratory (1996-1999); Member, University of California President’s Council on the National Laboratories [LBNL, LLNL, LANL] (1998-2007); Member, Scientific and Technology Panel for the University of California to evaluate the National Laboratories for the D.O.E. [LBNL, LLNL, LANL] (1999-2007); Member, National Research Council Committee on Monitoring the Changing Needs for Biomedical and Behavioral Research Personnel (2002-2005); Chair, Genetics Section (26) for the National Academy of Sciences (2012-2015). Editorial Boards: Editorial Board for Current Opinion in Genetics & Development (1990-present);Co-editor of C. elegans II (1997); Advisor to the Faculty of 1000, a research service from BioMed Central to review journal articles of high interest (2000-present); Editorial Board for Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2001-2007); Editorial Board for Wormbook, an electronic publication of C. elegans (2005-2015); Editorial Board for Epigenetics and Chromatin (2009-2013).


Major Research Interests: We explore inter-related molecular networks that control diverse chromosome behaviors during development, using C. elegans and diverged nematode species as models: (1) Chromosome counting to determine sexual fate; (2) X-chromosome repression during dosage compensation to balance gene expression between the sexes; (3) Chromosome cohesion to tether and release replicated meiotic chromosomes during gamete formation; (4) Crossover recombination during meiosis.




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TREASURER (vote for one)

Nancy M. Hollingsworth, PhD

SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology, Stony Brook, New York


Candidacy Statement: I became enamored with genetics as an undergraduate when I did a three point cross using flour beetles. I believe that genetics involves a unique way of thinking about problems that is extremely powerful.  Genetic approaches not only identify genes but provide essential functional cues which then inform biochemical and cytological experiments to determine mechanism. I worry that with the onset of “big data”, the abstract thinking required for genetics will be lost.  I am therefore passionate about teaching genetics at all levels, from high school students to postdocs.  I would like to see the GSA promote outreach efforts to educate people about the importance of basic research and genetics and the value of model organisms, in particular.  A key part of the GSA’s mission is the journal, GENETICS. I support ongoing efforts to ensure the viability of GENETICS, and to maintain it as a place where rigorous, high quality genetics research can be published.


Education: BS in Zoology, summa cum laude, Oregon State University (1980); PhD, Genetics Department with Breck Byers, University of Washington (1988).


Career Summary: Postdoctoral training: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center with Gerry Smith (1988-1989); University of California at San Francisco with Sandy Johnson (1989-1994); Assistant Professor (1994-2000), Associate Professor (2000-2006), Professor (2006-2015), State University of New York Distinguished Teaching Professor (2015-present), Stony Brook University.


Honors and Awards: Damon Runyon-Walter Winchell Cancer Fund Postdoctoral Fellowship (1988-1991); American Cancer Society Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship (1991-1993); March of Dimes Basil O’Connor Starter Scholar Research Award (1995-1997); Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences, Pew Charitable Trusts (1996-2000); Rothschild-Yvette Mayent Institut Curie Award (2014); State University of New York Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (2014).


Professional Service Activities: GSA activities: Associate Editor for GENETICS (2007-2015); Other editorial activities: Guest editor PLoS Genetics (2012-present); Conference organization: Co-chair, 2010 Meiosis Gordon Conference; Chair, 2012 Meiosis Gordon Conference; Planning committee for the Pew Scholars Program 25th Anniversary Reunion Committee; Review and advisory: Ad hoc reviewer, NSF Microbial Genetics Study Section (1995) and NSF Mechanisms of Inheritance Study Section (2010).  Member of the NIH Microbial Genetics and Physiology II Study Section (2000-2004); Ad hoc reviewer for NIH Molecular Genetics C study section (2005; 2009); NIH MIRA study sections, ZGM1, TRN-9(MR) and ZGM-1, TRN-7(MR); 2015; NIH Special Emphasis Panel AREA: Genes, Genomes and Genetics (2015); NCI site visit for review of the Laboratory of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (2015); March of Dimes Cell Lineage and Differentiation Research Advisory Committee (2013-present).


Major Research Interests: Meiotic chromosome behavior in budding yeast with special emphasis on the regulation of meiotic recombination by phosphorylation.




Piali Sengupta, PhD

Professor, Department of Biology, Brandeis University, Waltham, MA

Candidacy Statement: I am honored to be nominated to serve as Treasurer of the GSA. In this era of shifting funding priorities, it is increasingly critical for organizations such as the GSA to have a strong voice and role in advocating for basic research. As a long-time member of GSA, and an Associate Editor at GENETICS, I have contributed to the Society’s mission of promoting genetics research. If elected as Treasurer, my main priority will be to ensure that the finances of the GSA are sufficiently robust to enable the Society to continue to publish GENETICS and G3, to support conferences, and to promote education of lawmakers and the public on the value of genetics research. However, it is also important that the Society continuously reassess its role as science and society change. It will, therefore, be important for the GSA to have the funds to support new types of conferences within and among disciplines, to initiate new publishing models, and to further discourse between geneticists and the public via evolving communication channels and tools. Thus, my other major priorities will be to identify new sources of revenue for these activities, and to work with the leadership and members of the GSA to most efficiently utilize available funds. Having served on budget committees at my University, I have a good understanding of financial management, and I know how to work with others to achieve desired goals. If elected, I will be an energetic and effective Treasurer, and will do my very best to support the goals and mission of the GSA.

Education: A.B. in Biology, Bryn Mawr College (1985); PhD in Biology with Brent Cochran, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1991)

Career Summary: Postdoctoral training: University of Californa, San Francisco with Cori Bargmann (1991-1995). Faculty appointments: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Brandeis University (1996–present); Chair, Molecular and Cell Biology Graduate Program (2002-2010).

Honors and Awards: American Cancer Society postdoctoral fellowship (1996-1998); Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellow (1996-1998); Harcourt General New Investigator (1997-2002); Searle Scholar (1996-1999); Packard Foundation Fellow (1997-2002); NIGMS MERIT award (2010-2020); DeWitt Stetten Jr Lecture, NIH (2015).

Professional Service Activities: GSA-related: Associate Editor, GENETICS (2011- present); Section Editor, Neurobiology and Behavior, Wormbook/GENETICS; 2016-present); Co-organizer, East Coast C. elegans meetings (1998); Organizing committee, International C. elegans meetings (2005, 2007, 2015). Other Editorial Boards: Editorial Board, Genes, Brain and Behavior (2002-2012); Editorial Board, Developmental Neurobiology (2007-2010); Associate Editor, BMC Neuroscience (2007-2010); Section Editor, Sensory Systems, BMC Neuroscience (2010-2014); Academic Editor, PLoS Biology (2012-2014); Advisory Board, PLoS Biology (2014-present); Reviewing Editor, eNeuro (2014-present); Editorial Board, Current Opinion in Neurobiology (2016-present). Other Conference organization: Co-chair (2008) and Chair (2010) Neural Development Gordon Conference; Program Committee, Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting (2015-2018). Review: Member NIH NDPR study section (2005-2009); Member NIH NCF study section (2014-2020); ad hoc (>25 times) for other NIH panels; Member, Scientific Review Board, The Medical Foundation (2005-2009); Advisory Board, Searle Scholars Foundation (2016-2019); Member (2014, 2015), Vice-Chair (2017), Chair (2018), HFSP Fellowship Review Committee. Outreach: Advisory Board, Semel Wasserman Institute for Research Labs in Secondary Schools.

Major Research Interests: Behavioral and developmental neurogenetics, using C. elegans as a model system. Current interests include the development and function of sensory cilia; molecular and neuronal analysis of chemosensation; genetic and neuronal mechanisms underlying thermosensation.





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DIRECTOR (vote for one in each section)

Jef D. Boeke, PhD, DSc

Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, NYU Langone Medical Center (NYULMC), New York, NY; and Founding Director, Institute for Systems Genetics, NYULMC, New York, NY

Candidacy Statement: My roots are in basic yeast retrotransposon genetics but these elements led me to projects in Drosophila, mice, chromatin, genomics and systems biology to name a few. In recent years, embracing the zany world of synthetic biology, I’ve discovered I’m a frustrated engineer trapped in the body of a geneticist. My work leading the international synthetic yeast genome project and helping launch the “HGP-write” project have given insight and experience in dealing with the public and the press as well as fellow scientists, and a wide range of genetic subdisciplines. But during all this wonderful scientific exploration I’ve always stuck to my genetic “roots”, and being part of the GSA has been pivotal. I was thrilled to be asked to serve as Senior Editor for Genomics & Systems Biology as part of Mark Johnston’s visionary and effective plan for improving the quality and scope of Genetics. I enjoyed working with the editorial leadership in brainstorming the launch of G3, and serving as an editor of YeastBook. Helping organize many GSA yeast meetings and participating in GSA-sponsored activities over the years, such the recent TAGC conference, which so splendidly covered the genetics waterfront, has been rewarding. As a GSA Director, I will work hard to promote the GSA among the various communities I’m part of, focusing on sustainably resourcing genetics research and education, and especially integrating our community with those of systems, computational and synthetic biology, as well as the biotech industry.


Education: AB, Bowdoin College (1976); PhD, Rockefeller University (1982).


Career Summary: Postdoctoral Fellow, Whitehead Institute/MIT (1982-1985). Faculty Appointments: Assistant (1986-1990); Associate (1990-1995); Professor (1995-2013), Depts. of Molecular Biology & Genetics and Oncology; Founder and Director (2002-2013) High Throughput Biology Center; Professor Emeritus (2014-present), Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (JHUSOM). Professor, Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, and Founding Director, Institute for Systems Genetics, NYULMC (2014-present).


Honors and Awards:Highest Departmental Honors, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Bowdoin College (1976); Thos J. Watson Fellowship (1976); Helen Hay Whitney Fellowship (1982); Searle Scholar Award, (1986); ACS Faculty Research Award, (1990). D. Sc., Bowdoin College, (1998); Ira Herskowitz Award, GSA (2004), Fellow, AAAS (2007); Fellow, American Academy of Microbiology; Fellow, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2012); Member, National Academy of Sciences; JHUSOM Graduate Student Teaching Award, (2013); “Master Scientist”, NYULMC Dean’s Honors Day (2015).


Professional Service ActivitiesGSA: Member (1983-present); Advisory Boards: Chair, Retroelement Study Group, Intl Comm. Taxonomy of Viruses (1997-2005); Tech Advisory Group, JHU (1998-2000); SAB, Genetastix, Inc. (2001-2004); SAB, Torrey Mesa Research Institute (2001-2002); JHU Microarray Core Facility (2001-2009); SAC, ATCC (2004-2006); SAB, Sample6, (2012-2014); NAS Forum on Synthetic Biology (2013-2014); SAB, P50 Center for Systems Biology, ISB Seattle (2013); SAB, Wyss Institute, (2014-present); Promotion and Tenure Comm., NYULMC (2014-present). Grant review: American Cancer Society Review Panel (1997-2001; Chair, 2001); Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellowship Committee (2002-2007), many NIH panels. Graduate and Undergraduate Education: Founding Director, “Fundamental Principles of Genetics”, (1990-2002); Director, Graduate “Molecular Biology and Genomics” JHUSOM (2003-2008); Founding Director, “Build-A-Genome”, course, JHU (2007-2013). Meetings: Keystone Symposium on Transposition and Site-specific Recombination; (1997, 2000); FASEB meeting on nucleic acid enzymes (1998); Yeast Genetics Meeting, GSA (1998-2000, 2010, 2012); International Sc2.0 Meetings (2012-2016); Keystone Symposium on Precision Genome Engineering and Synthetic Biology; FASEB Mobile DNA in Mammals (2012, 2015). Industry: Founder, Avigen Inc., Alameda, CA (1992); Founder Acylin, Inc., Seattle, WA (2009); Founder and BoD, CDI Inc. Mayaguez, Puerto Rico (2009); Editorial Boards: Molecular And Cellular Biology (1989-2000); ELS (1997-2000); Genome Research (2005-2008); Mobile DNA (2009-present); Senior Editor, Genetics (2008-2011); Section Editor, YeastBook, (2009-present).


Major Research Interests: Eukaryotic mobile genetic elements; ‘Omics; chromatin; Synthetic Genomes.




Joseph H. Nadeau, PhD

Principal Scientist, Pacific Northwest Research Institute, Seattle


Candidacy Statement: Since my first experience in undergraduate research experience with Roy Stevens at the Jackson Laboratory, mentors and colleagues consistently maintained that every year was the best time for genetics. The reasons for enthusiasm are obvious, with the remarkable developments in genetic engineering, imaging and sequencing technologies, organismal and bioinformatics resources, and computational and analytical methods. Together these have led to increasingly deep insights into molecular mechanisms and systems properties in humans, model organisms, agricultural species and natural populations. But basic and biomedical research faces uncertainty about the continuing level of public support for research and training. The genetics community must work together to ensure that basic research and training, organismal resources, and information databases are adequately funded. We also have an obligation to make certain that research progress is expeditiously translated to maintain the environment and improve the human condition. Finally, we need to engage the public so that scientific principles and evidence are appropriately considered when governments develop policies and practices. By working with members of the GSA to implement collaborative and community activities that enhance individual research and training, I hope we can ensure the future of genetics so that we can tell our trainees that their times will be even better than ours.


Education: BA in Zoology, University of Maine (1973); MA in Developmental Genetics, University of Maine (1975); PhD Population Biology and Genetics, Boston University (1978).


Career summary: Dissertation Research: Boston University (1975-1978). Postdoctoral Training: Max Planck Institute for Immunogenetics, Tubingen (population immunogenetics); Jackson Laboratory (biochemical genetics). Faculty Appointments: Associate Staff Scientist (1981-1985), Staff Scientist (tenured, 1985-1991), Senior Staff Scientist (1991-1994), Mouse Genome Database Informatics Project (founder and director, 1988-1994), Mouse Gene Expression Database Project (founder and director, 1992-1994), Jackson Laboratory; Professor (tenured), Department of Human Genetics, McGill University, and Medical Scientist, Department of Medicine, Montreal General Hospital (1994-1996); Professor (tenured, 1996-2010) and Chair (2003-2010), Department of Genetics, with secondary appointments in the Department of Dermatology, Department of Medicine (Oncology Division), Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, CWRU School of Engineering; Member, Center for Human Genetics, University Hospitals of Cleveland (1999-2010); Co-Director (co-founder), Center for Computational Genomics and Systems Biology, CWRU Schools of Medicine and Engineering (2001-2007); Director (founder), Ohio GI Cancer Consortium (2001-2007); Director, Division of Bioinformatics, Center for Proteomics and Bioinformatics, CWRU (2008-2010); Director of Research and Academic Affairs, Institute for Systems Biology (2010-2012); Principal Scientist, Pacific Northwest Research Institute (2012-present).


Honors and Awards: Summer Research Training Program, Jackson Laboratory (1972, 1973). Postdoctoral fellowship, Max Planck Gesellschaft (1978-1980); Smithsonian Award, Innovation in Information Technology (1992); Sandoz Lecturer, La Journee de la Recherche de l’Hotel Dieu de Montreal, Montreal (1996); Burnham Distinguished Lecturer, The Burnham Institute (1997); Chapman Lecture, Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo  (1999); James H. Jewel Professor of Genetics (2001-2010); NIH Director’s Lecture (2005); Biomedical Research Council Distinguished Lecturer, A*STAR, Singapore (2005); Naomi M. Kanof Award for Contributions to Clinical Research, Society for Investigative Dermatology (2007); James Medal for Cancer Research, James Cancer Hospital and Research Institute, Ohio State University (2007); Elected Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2008); Outstanding Mentor Award, Beaumont High School, (2008); American Publishers Association RR Hawkins Award for Professional and Scholarly Excellence, Systems Biology and Medicine, J.H. Nadeau and S. Subramaniam, co-editors (2010); PROSE Award for Best Multidisciplinary Publication, Systems Biology and Medicine, J.H. Nadeau and S. Subramaniam, co-editors (2010); NIH Pioneer Award (2010-15); NHGRI Director’s Lecture (2016), Chapman Lecture, The Allied Genetics Conference (2016).


Professional Service Activities: Student education: Director, Training and Education, Jackson Laboratory (1988-1990); several summer students and graduate students have won local, national and international awards for their work. Advisory Committees: more than 75 including National Advisory Council for Human Genome Research (1992, 1997-2000), Genome Quebec Advisory Board (2004-2007), Aegean Conferences Advisory Board (2005 – present), Rat Genome Database Advisory Board (2007-2010), NHLBI Working Group Epigenetics and Hypertension Co-chair, (2011-2012), NHGRI, Functional Annotation of Genomes Workshop, Co-chair (2013-2014, German Centre for Diabetes Research (2014), Scientific Advisory Board, Max Planck Institute for Molecular Genetics Berlin (2015-2021). Conference organization: a total of 42 including International Mammalian Genome Conferences (1988-1993), Workshop on Mouse Mutagenesis (2002-2006); Pathways, Networks and Systems Medicine (2003-2013), Keystone Conference Epigenetic Programming and Inheritance (2014). Grant review panels: more than 25 national and international agencies and foundations, including NSF Eukaryotic Genetics Panel, member (1985-1990), NIH Mammalian Genetics (1990-1994), NIH Special Review Group, Chair, Mutagenesis Resources and Strategies (2001), NIMH Special Review Group, Chair, Neuroscience Centers (2002), NHGRI Special Review Group, Chair, Developing robust components for model organism databases (2002), NHGRI Special Review Group, Chair, Large-scale bioinformatics programs (2003), Sanger Centre 5-year review, Chair, Mouse and model organism program (2005), NHGRI, Special Review Group, Chair, Protein sequence database (2005), NHGRI Special Review Group, Chair, Pathways and model organism databases (2005), NHGRI Special Review Group, Chair, Genome databases (2006), NHLBI Special Review Group, Chair, Short courses in genomics and proteomics (2006), Genome Quebec, Chair, Diabetes Research Center (2006), NIH Animal Resource Facilities Review Panel, Co-Chair (2015-2017) as well as others for NHGRI, NIA, NICHD, NIDDK, NIEHS, NIGMS, NIMH, NCI, NCRR, NHLBI, Genome Canada, Genome Quebec, and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft. Editorial activities. Editor: Founding co-editor, Mammalian Genome (1991-present), Founding co-editor, Systems Biology and Medicine (2008-present); Co-editor Current Protocols in Mouse Biology (2010 – present). Editorial board: Physiological Genomics (2003-2004), Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics (IEEE/ACM) (2004-2008), Systems Biology (2004-2009), Systems Biology and Synthetic Biology (2006-2010), IET Systems Biology (2007-2009), Oncology Letters (2010-present), Progress in Biophysics and Molecular Biology (2013 - present), Developmental Origins of Health and Disease (2014 - present). Special series editor: Epigenetic Inheritance, Seminars in Cell and Developmental Biology (2014-2015). Manuscript reviews: More than 70 journals. Selected other: Annual genetics and physics classes, Shaker Heights Middle School (2000-2007).


Major Research Interests: Modes, molecules and mechanisms of epigenetic inheritance; genetic and phenotypic architecture of complex traits; mouse models of human disease including cancers, metabolic conditions, and developmental disorders. Since 7th grade when I used allowance to buy a genetics textbook as well as fish, frogs and worms to dissect, I have been fascinated with inheritance, the ways that phenotypes emerge during development, systems response to perturbations, and how they evolve over time.  Our most recent and perhaps most exciting discovery involves genetic variants and dietary effects that lead to non-random union of gametes at fertilization.





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DIRECTOR (vote for one in each section)

Hopi Hoekstra, PhD

Alexander Agassiz Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Howard Hughes Medical Institute, Harvard University


Candidacy Statement: As a graduate student, I sent my very first paper to GENETICS, a journal that I read faithfully every month in paper copy and collected on the small shelf above my small desk. My manuscript was rejected, in part because we couldn’t yet do enough “real” genetics in natural, outbred populations (in this case, wild mice).  Oh, how times have changed!  Although research using non-traditional model species is growing, this work is highly reliant on the rich resources developed for model species, and as such, model system research is, if anything, even more important today. As a GSA Board member, I would be excited to promote model system research, specifically, and basic science, generally. Being a passionate teacher (of a large, introductory Genetics and Genomics course), I will be an ardent supporter of science education, and continue to work to improve GSA’s outreach efforts to attract and support the very best young scientists to the field of genetics. I will work to convey the basic principles, excitement, and importance of genetics to both the general public and policy makers.  In sum, I am excited to contribute to the advancement of GSA’s mission: to foster communication among its diverse members, support scholarly publication in GSA journals, promote education and outreach in the field of genetics, and to help build an exciting, diverse, and inclusive scientific community.


Education: BA in Integrative Biology, University of California Berkeley (1994); PhD University of Washington (2000).


Career Summary: Postdoctoral training: NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow (with Michael Nachman), University of Arizona (2000-2003). Faculty appointments: Assistant Professor, University of California, San Diego (2003-2006). John L. Loeb Associate Professor, Harvard University (2007-2009); Alexander Agassiz Professor, Harvard University (2010-present). Other appointments: Curator of Mammals, Museum of Comparative Zoology, Harvard University (2007-present). Associate Member, Broad Institute (2013-2014); Institute Member, Broad Institute (2015-present). Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute (2013-present).


Honors and Awards: Phi Beta Kappa (1994); Student Commencement Speaker, UC Berkeley (1994); Departmental Citation, UC Berkeley (1994); Howard Hughes Medical Institute Predoctoral Fellowship (1995-2000); Richard C. Snyder Award, University of Washington (1996); Ernst Mayr Award, Society of Systematic Biologists (1998); Young Investigator Prize, American Society of Naturalists (2003); Young Investigator Award, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation (2006); Kavli Foundation Fellow, National Academy of Sciences and Alexander von Humbolt Stiftung (2008); Fannie Cox Prize for Teaching Excellence, Harvard University (2011); Estela Medrano Award, Pan American Society for Pigment Cell Research (2012); Commencement Speaker, Department of Integrative Biology, UC Berkeley (2013); Harvard College Professor Chair (2014-2019); Richard Lounsbery Medal, National Academy of Sciences (2015); Member, National Academy of Sciences (2016).


Professional Service Activities: Scientific Societies: Elected Council Member, American Genetics Association (2008-2011); Elected Council Member, Society for the Study of Evolution (2009-2012); Elected Council Member, European Society for Evolutionary Biology (2009-2013); Vice President, American Society of Naturalists (2011). Advisory Boards: Science Advisory Board, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent; 2007-2010); External Advisory Committee for the Directorate of BiologicalSciences, National Science Foundation (2012-2014); Scientific Advisory Committee, Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology (2012-present); External Advisory Committee, Microbiology Initiative, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation (2013); Selection Committee, EWR Steacie Fellowship NSERC (2013, 2015); Advisory Board, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories, biorxiv Project (2013-present); External Advisory Board, Quanta Magazine (2015-present); Scientific Advisory board, Perlstein Lab PBC (2015-present); Advisory Panel, Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Postdoctoral Fellows Award (2015, 2016). Editorial positions: Associate Editor, Evolution (2007-2010); Senior Editor, PLoS Genetics (2012-present); Associate Editor, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016-present).


Major Research Interests: Evolutionary genetics in mammals. My laboratory is interested in the genetic basis of adaptation, and we use wild mice as a model system. We combine evolutionary, quantitative and population genetics to identity the molecular mechanisms that affect fitness in natural populations. Our work focuses on a wide diversity of traits—from pigmentation and skeletal traits to, more recently, a wide range of heritable behaviors. We conduct genetic experiments in both the laboratory and the field.





Michael W. Nachman, PhD

Professor, Department of Integrative Biology, and Director, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley, California.


Candidacy Statement: I am honored to be considered as a Director for GSA and I am enthusiastic about serving the society that I value so much. I joined the GSA as a graduate student in 1988 and have been an ardent supporter of GSA and its journals since then. I am a population geneticist and have published extensively in GENETICS, served as Associate Editor, and currently serve as the Senior Editor for Empirical Population Genetics. My research is focused broadly on the genetic basis of adaptation and the genetic basis of speciation, using the mouse as a model. As a director I would actively support the core missions of the society: promoting scientific interactions through meetings, maintaining the excellence of the GSA journals, educating young scientists as well as the public, promoting career development especially for under-represented groups, and advocating for increased funding. I am particularly interested in making the society and its journals attractive to the next generation of scientists and in helping to educate the public and legislators on the fundamental importance of basic research.


Education: BA in Zoology, with honors, University of California, Berkeley (1983); PhD in Biology, University of Michigan (1990).


Career Summary: Postdoctoral training: Oxford University with Jeremy Searle (1990-1991); Cornell University with Charles Aquadro (1991-1994), Research Associate at Cornell University (1994-1995). Faculty appointments: Assistant Professor (1996-1999), Associate Professor (2000-2003), Professor (2003-2013), Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and Program in Genetics, University of Arizona; Professor, Department of Integrative Biology and Director, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology, University of California, Berkeley (2013-present).


Honors and Awards: NSF-NATO Postdoctoral Fellow (1990); NIH-NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow (1991-1994); University of Arizona Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor (2004); University of Arizona Early Career Teaching Award (2005); Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2005); Fellow, California Academy of Sciences (2014).


Professional Service Activities: Senior Editor for Empirical Population Genetics, GENETICS (2014-present); Associate Editor, GENETICS (2008-2014); Associate Editor, PLOS Genetics (2008-present); Associate Editor, Molecular Biology and Evolution (2003-2016); Section Editor for Evolution, PLOS Genetics (2008-2012); Guest Editor, Annual Review of Ecology, Evolution, and Systematics (2008-2009); Associate Editor, Evolution (2003-2006); Associate Editor, American Naturalist (2002-2005); Editorial Board, Systematic Biology (1998-2000); Director, Museum of Vertebrate Zoology U.C. Berkeley 2013-present; Director, University of Arizona NSF-IGERT Program in Comparative Genomics, 2002 -2013; American Genetic Association Council Member (2007-2010); AAAS Electorate Nominating Committee Section of Biological Sciences (2009-2012); Academy of Finland Scientific Advisory Board (2006-2011); Gordon Research Conferences Council Member (2006-2009); NIH study sections (2003, 2005, 2010, 2012); NSF panels (1999-2001, 2004, 2005).


Major Research Interests: Population and evolutionary genetics. My lab studies the interplay of mutation, selection, recombination, drift, gene flow, and demography in shaping genetic variation in natural populations. We have a particular interest in understanding the genetic basis of adaptation and the genetic basis of speciation using the mouse as a model. Our work has provided insights into human mutation rates, the landscape of recombination rate variation, the effects of selection on linked neutral variation, the genetic basis of adaptive melanism, and the genetic basis of reproductive isolation.





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DIRECTOR (vote for one in each section)

Gisela Storz, PhD

Senior Investigator and Associate Scientific Director of the in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.


Candidacy Statement: I am particularly interested in how professional societies such as the GSA can promote the appreciation and understanding of science to society, excite and engage students of all backgrounds, and foster the development of early career scientists. I feel I can provide perspective on the opportunities that bacterial genetic research can bring to the GSA.


Education: BA from the University of Colorado, Boulder (1984); Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley (1988) working with Dr. Bruce Ames.


Career Summary: Postdoctoral training:  With Dr. Sankar Adhya at the National Cancer Institute (1989) and Dr. Fred Ausubel at Massachusetts General Hospital (1989-1991). Appointments: Tenure-track investigator (1991-1999), Senior investigator (1999-present), Deputy Head (2008-2015), Associate Scientific Director (2015-present) in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at NIH.


Honors and Awards: I was honored by the 2000 Eli Lilly and Company Research Award of the American Society of Microbiology and to be elected to the American Academy of Microbiology, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, National Academy of Sciences. I am most proud of the mentoring awards that I, and postdoctoral fellows in my group, have received.


Professional Service Activities: I have served as an editor of a number of journals, as a member of Scientific Advisory Boards and on committees of the American Academy of Microbiology. I also have organized a variety of conferences and colloquia and am co-author of the textbook “Molecular Biology: Principles of Genome Function”.


Major Research Interests: Currently research in my lab is focused on identifying and characterizing the functions of the hundreds of small RNA and small protein (<50 amino acids) regulators whose existence was long overlooked in traditional genetic and bioinformatics studies.





Mary Lou Guerinot, PhD

Ronald and Deborah Harris Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH.

Candidacy statement: It is an honor to have the opportunity to serve the GSA. Scientific societies play an important role in advocating for federal research support and in increasing public understanding of science. In this age of genetic testing, gene editing and genetically enhanced organisms, a basic understanding of genetics is so important yet many people lack such knowledge. I am also interested in reaching out and supporting the next generation of geneticists and getting them involved in GSA activities.  I would like to apply my administrative experience and my experience with ASPB (President, chair of the Board of Trustees) and AAAS (chair, Biological Sciences section) to help GSA fulfill its mission of “deepening our understanding of the living world by advancing the field of genetics.”

Education: BS in Biology, Cornell University (1975); PhD in Biology, Dalhousie University (1979)

Career summary: Postdoctoral training: University of Maryland with Rita Colwell (1979-81); DOE Plant Research Lab, Michigan State University with Barry Chelm (1981-85). Faculty Appointments: Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, Ronald and Deborah Harris Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Dartmouth College (1985-present). Chair, Department of Biological Sciences (1994-98); Associate Dean for the Sciences (1998-2001); Vice Provost (2001-04).

Honors and awards: Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2007); Fellow, American Society for Plant Biologists (2009); Dartmouth Graduate Mentoring Award (2009); Dennis R. Hoagland Award, American Society for Plant Biologists (2012); Dean of Faculty Award for Outstanding Mentoring and Advising (2015); National Academy of Sciences (2016).

Professional Service Activities: GSA: Rosalind Franklin Young Investigator Award Committee; ASPB: President (2003-2004); Chair of the Board of Trustees (2009-2012); Member, Advisory Committee for Biological Sciences Directorate, National Science Foundation (2002-2009); Board of Directors, TAIR (The Arabidopsis Information Resource) (2004-2012); Chair, Biological Sciences Section, American Association for the Advancement of Science (2010-13); Editorial Boards: Journal of Bacteriology (1996-2005); Applied and Environmental Microbiology (2006-2011); Metallomics (2011-present); Associate Editor, Plant Molecular Biology (1999-2009); Associate Editor, Plant Cell and Environment (2005-2013). Meeting co-organizer: FASEB Meeting on Trace Metal Metabolism: from Model Organisms to Humans (2008); Plant Genomes: Gene Networks and Applications, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (2009, 2001, 2013); Plant Molecular Biology GRC (2014, 2016); Member, Scientific Advisory Board, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center (2008-11); Member, Board of Directors, Boyce Thompson Institute (2013-present); Chair, Scientific Advisory Board, Boyce Thompson Institute (2014-present).

Major Research Interests: My lab studies metal transport and regulation of gene expression by metals in Arabidopsis and rice. For most of the world, plants are the major point of entry for metals into the food chain, so our work is in aid of designing crops that offer sustainable solutions for malnutrition and that decrease exposure to toxic metals.


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