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2017 Election Ballot

Deadline for Receipt of Ballot: 11:59 pm US EDT, Thursday, October 5, 2017


Biographical Sketches of Nominees


VICE-PRESIDENT (vote for one)

DIRECTOR (vote for one in each section)


VICE-PRESIDENT (vote for one)


Terry Magnuson
Sarah Graham Kenan Professor, Department of Genetics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC
Vice Chancellor for Research, UNC Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC


Candidacy Statement: As emphasized in an editorial by Gitler and Lehmann (2012; PMID 22822114), model organisms have been critical for understanding biological mechanisms. Indeed, with the recent explosion in genetic characterization, harnessing the potential of model organisms offers important opportunities to expand the reach to human health.


The latest technological advances have yielded a flood of new information about genes and function. At the same time, while some genes encode known proteins in new roles, many encode proteins or RNAs with no known function. One challenge is to determine the organismal roles of these proteins and RNAs. I welcome the chance to serve and promote the central mission of the GSA, which is nicely articulated by UNC’s model systems program: research into the principles by which molecules and cells coordinate development and function will advance by work in multiple model systems. In fact, it will be basic scientists working with a range of genomic, computational, and chemical tools in genetically tractable model organisms that will ultimately define the biochemical, cellular and organismal functions. The GSA has been promoting this theme through, for example, the 2016 Allied Genetics Conference. I will continue to bring groups together in similar venues but also through blue-sky creativity hubs identifying grand challenges for interdisciplinary work.


There is no doubt that the political and societal environment today is challenging not only for research but also for promoting diversity of ideas, people and career paths. The genetics community highlights the best way to promote diversity and discovery is to invest in researchers driven by curiosity and passion (Zoghbi, 2013; PMID 23329019). I will work to enhance GSA’s presence amongst our trainees, increase the interdisciplinary integration of our undergraduate research programs with our graduate programs, to promote greater independence at earlier career stages, to continue GSA’s educational mission of disseminating resources for an array of career tracks, and tools to our teachers.


I have served the Society as a member of its Board of Directors and as both an Associate and Senior Editor of the journal GENETICS. I am also the GSA representative to the science policy committee of FASEB. This group monitors and advocates for science with congressional delegations and the public. I perform a similar role for my institution. I am a member of the Chief Research Officers of the AAU and the APLU, and participate in their activities regarding science advocacy. I have participated in congressional roundtables, meetings with congressional members and staffers, and attended the Council on Competitiveness, which is the only group of corporate CEOs, university presidents and labor leaders committed to the future prosperity of all through innovation and science.


I would be honored to continue promoting the importance of research in this new leadership role for the GSA.


Education: PhD, Cornell University


Career Summary: Work from the Magnuson lab focuses on the role of genes in unique epigenetic phenomena such as the developmental and tumor suppressor role of chromatin remodeling complexes. Highlights include: (i) Profiling X chromosome inactivated (Xi) gene expression and chromatin states at high resolution via allele-specific sequencing in mouse trophoblast stem cells (PMID: 23178118); (ii) chromosomal interactions facilitate escape from imprinted X chromosome inactivation (XCI) and demonstrated using chromosome conformation capture techniques that promoters of genes escaping XCI do not congregate to any specific region of the genome. These data suggest that genes escaping imprinted XCI do so by using the same regulatory sequences as their expressed alleles on the active X chromosome (PMID: 24653000); (iii) Using conditional mutagenesis to remove core PRC2 subunits, we identified a requirement for PRC2 in both mitotic and meiotic germ cells. These data demonstrated that transcriptional repression of soma-specific genes by PRC2 facilitates meiotic recombination and differentiation during spermatogenesis (PMID: 25228648); (iv) The lab found that complete depletion of both H3.3a and H3.3b variants caused dysfunction of heterochromatin structures at telomeres and pericentromeric regions of chromosomes leading to mitotic defects. In contrast, H3.3 depletion per se did not dramatically disrupt gene regulation in the developing embryo (PMID: 26159997); (v) The lab demonstrated that Brg1 heterozygotes are susceptible to mammary tumors that are fundamentally different than Snf5 tumors. In addition, we found that ARID1A inactivation with concurrent activation of PIK3CA resulted in mice that developed highly penetrant ovarian cancer tumors. Therapeutic treatment with a pan-PI3K inhibitor prolonged survival. Our findings demonstrated that these pathways converge on pro-tumorigenic cytokine signaling (PMID: 17637742; 25625625; PMCID: PMC4308813).


Honors and Awards: NSF Postdoctoral Fellowship; NIH National Research Service Award; NIH New Investigator Award; March of Dimes Basil O'Connor Award; Pew Scholar in the Biomedical Sciences; NIH MERIT award; Outstanding Faculty Advisor; Weill Cornell Graduate School of Medical Sciences Distinguished Alumnus Award; Elected to American Academy of Arts & Sciences; American Association for the Advancement of Sciences; the National Academy of Medicine; Charles J. & Lois B. Epstein Inaugural Visiting Professor; Thomas H. Roderick Inaugural Lecture; honored by establishment of the ‘Terry Magnuson Graduate Student Award’ for the outstanding graduate student in the UNC Genetics/Molecular Biology Curriculum and also in the UNC Bioinformatics/Computational Biology Graduate Program.


Professional Service Activities: Current Research Councils/Forums/Committees: NIH Council of Councils, NIH Advisory Group to the All of Us Program (precision medicine initiative), NIH stem cell working group, National Academy of Medicine Forum on Regenerative Medicine, National Academy of Medicine Strategic Planning Committee, FASEB Science Policy Board, NIDDK Cooperative Centers of Excellence in Hematology, AAU Chief Research Officers, APLU Chief Research Officers; Previous Research Councils/Forums/Committees: Genome Canada Advisory Committee, University of Kansas COBRE Advisory Committee, National Human Genome Research Institute, Special Emphasis Panel (Chair), Mouse Knockout Lines and Related Phenotypic Data, Director – Cold Spring Harbor Mouse Course, National Academy of Sciences/Medicine Committee on Guidelines for Human Embryonic Stem Cell Research, National Academy of Medicine Committee on a Review of the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine, National


Academy of Medicine Review of the NIH Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee, National Academy Review on the State of the Science in Ovarian Cancer


Current Board Member Appointments: TUCASI (Triangle Universities Center for Advance Studies Inc,), North Carolina Biotechnology Center, MCNC (Microelectronics Center of North Carolina), RTI International, Murdoch Research Institute, Carolina Research Venture Fund; Previous Board Member Appointments: Genetics Society of America, Society of Developmental Biology, The Jackson Laboratory, Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation, PPD (Pharmaceutical Product Development Inc.)


Current Review Boards: Life Science Research Foundation, March of Dimes: Cell Lineage and Differentiation Research Advisory Committee, GENETICS Associate Editor, Science Signaling Board of Reviewing Editors; Previous Review Boards: National Human Genome Research Institute – Genetic Disease Research Branch site visit committee, National Human Genome Research Institute – Special Emphasis Panel (Chair) – Mouse Knockout Lines and Related Phenotypic Data, Ad Hoc reviewer for March of Dimes; National Science Foundation; Medical Research Council of Canada; Human Frontier Science Program; Netherlands Research Council; Wellcome Trust; BBS Research Council-United Kingdom, Intramural review – National Institute of Mental Health – Unit on Neurogenetics, Study section for predoctoral/postdoctoral training grants in genetics, GENETICS Senior Editor


Major Research Interests: genomics, genetics, development, cancer, genetic disease states.





Dmitri A. Petrov
Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of Humanities and Sciences, Department of Biology, Stanford University, Stanford, CA


Candidacy Statement: Genetics lies at the very heart of the biological inquiry, unifying its many facets through the common language of heredity. Much of the success of genetics over the past 100 years stemmed from the establishment of the key model organisms, which permit in-depth investigation into key biological processes and a steady accumulation of insights and specialized tools. As a practitioner of population and evolutionary genetics who works with two model organisms—Drosophila and yeast—I am acutely aware of both the value of model organisms and also the need for increased conversation that cuts across the boundaries of individual models. I strongly believe that GSA has a profound role to play in weaving us together into an integrated, diverse, and thriving community of geneticists. As a recent board member, I witnessed GSA's great work and its impact in its core missions of promoting research, education, diversity, and outreach. I fully supported GSA's deep commitment to model systems, including advocacy for basic science. But I was also pleased to see a very timely shift towards more attention being paid to common intellectual pursuits that allow a more comparative and unified view of genetics and biology. I was particularly impressed by the vision displayed by GSA in bringing multiple communities together around the Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC) in 2016, and I was very proud to help organize the first Population, Evolutionary, and Quantitative Genetics (PEQG) Conference as part of TAGC. I am very happy that both PEQG and TAGC will continue and I am proud to be co-chairing PEQG in 2018. If elected Vice-President I will focus on three themes: 1) continuing the work of broadening and integrating of our community, 2) making sure that we stay relevant and engaged in the age of extraordinarily rapid advances in technology, and 3) working on emphasizing the foundational importance of basic scientific research to the society at large.


Education: MS in Biology and Physics, Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology (1989); PhD in Evolutionary Biology (with Daniel Hartl and Richard Lewontin), Harvard University (1997).


Career Summary: Postdoctoral Training: Harvard Society of Fellows (1997-2000); Harvard University Medical School (with Chao-Ting Wu), Department of Genetics (1997-2000); Faculty Appointments: Assistant Professor (2000-2005), Associate Professor (2005-2009), Professor (2009-2011), Michelle and Kevin Douglas Professor of Humanities and Sciences (2011-now), Department of Biology, Stanford University.


Honors and Awards: Walter Fitch Prize SMBE (1996), Milton Award (1998), Terman Fellow (2003), Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (2003), Hellman Faculty Award (2005), Chambers Fellow (2008), Walter P. Kistler Prize and Research Award in Population Genetics and Society (2013).


Professional Service Activities: Associate Editor (JME 2003-2012, GBE 2009-2012, PLoS Genetics 2007-present, Mobile DNA 2009-present), NSF Evolutionary Genetics Panel (2006), NIH Genetic Variation and Evolution Study Section (2012, 2016-now); NIH NRSA Individual Fellowship Panel (2006-2009), Scientific Advisory Board, Institute of Advanced Studies, Hebrew University (2012-2016); Associate Chair, Biology Department, Stanford University; Director, Program for Conservation Genomics, Stanford University.





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DIRECTOR (vote for one in each section)


Kirsten Bomblies
Project Leader, John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, Norwich, UK


Candidacy Statement: I am thrilled to have the opportunity to serve the GSA. I have long had a passion for genetics — it is what drew me into research. I was attracted to the logic, the puzzle solving, and the rigor of this field, but also to the broad applicability of ideas across systems and the relevance of fundamental research to translatable outcomes and our general understanding of the living world. Genetics is becoming ever more relevant now, and this provides tremendous opportunities to promote the importance of fundamental research, and to reach out to the public about the importance of our field and its wide-reaching and pertinent implications. GSA has an important part to play in such endeavours, while also remaining a strong unifying force within our own community. I currently live in the UK and thus bring an international perspective. I have been serving the GSA community as an associate editor for GENETICS and helped organize the first iteration of the new Population Evolutionary and Quantitative Genetics section of the Allied Genetics Conference for 2017 together with Mike Lynch, Lauren McIntyre, Bret Payseur, and Dmitri Petrov.


Education: BA in Biochemistry and Biology, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (1996); PhD in Genetics, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI (2004).


Career Summary: Postdoctoral Training: NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow in Evolutionary Genetics, Max Planck Institute, Tuebingen, Germany, advisor Detlef Weigel (2004-2009). Faculty Appointments: Assistant Professor, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University (2009-2013); Thomas D. Cabott Associate Professor, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, Harvard University (2013-1015); Project Leader, John Innes Centre, Norwich, UK (2015-present).


Honors and Awards: European Research Council Consolidator grant (2016-2021); MacArthur Fellowship (2008-2013); NIH NRSA postdoctoral fellowship (2005-2008); HHMI Predoctoral Fellowship (1999-2004); Schlimgen Award - UW Madison Genetics department PhD student award (2004).


Professional Service Activities: Co-organizer, Population Evolutionary and Quantitative Genetics meeting within The Allied Genetics Conference, Orlando, FL, July 14-18, 2016 (together with Mike Lynch, Lauren McIntyre, Bret Payseur, and Dmitri Petrov). Associate editor for Genetics (Genomics & Systems Biology section) (2015-present). Associate editor for PLoS Genetics (2012-present). Associate Editor for Evolution (2012-2014). Editorial Board member for Current Biology and Trends in Genetics. External grant review for NSF and Grant Review panels: March 2013 - DEB, October 2012 – IOS, March 2012 – IOS, March 2011 – BIO. Advisory Board Rosalind Franklin Society for the recognition of women in Science (2008-present).


Major Research Interests: My lab studies the evolution of core processes in meiosis in response to whole genome duplication as well as environment. We focus on recombination and chromosome segregation primarily, and combine a range of approaches from genetics, genomics and molecular biology, to biochemistry and structural biology.




Amy Lawton-Rauh
Professor, Department of Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University, Clemson, SC
Faculty Senate President 2017-2018, Clemson University, Clemson, SC


Candidacy Statement: I would sincerely appreciate the opportunity to serve GSA and contribute to a scientific society that unites fundamental research across diverse organisms, systems and models. The fibers that weave GSA together are what make it a strong society cultivating rapid breakthroughs while methodically and thoroughly testing important models. How we research instills trust in our results and interpretations, thus GSA activities empower our future colleagues (students) and non-scientists through confidence in our life work. I would bring the perspective of a geneticist that has taught the translation of population and evolutionary genomics models to medicine and agriculture to emerging colleagues and non-scientists (primary school educators teaching evolution, physicians, farmers, industry, policy makers, University-governing bodies and Foundation boards). I also developed (2006) and teach annually a semester-long upper level undergraduate-graduate cross-enrolled course series required for our Genetics majors, ‘Population and Quantitative Genetics’: lecture course and a separate lab course facilitated by Graduate Teaching Assistants from Biochemistry and Genetics. As a current Faculty Senate President (2017-2018) at an institution where Faculty Senate facilitates shared governance and academic freedom across a public Land Grant institution, I would bring direct and nuanced knowledge of shared governance, upper administration, and state-level communications, operations, opportunities and constraints. One item that I propose to GSA is developing a Genetics curriculum guideline for undergraduate and graduate programs. Such a guideline would seem incredibly important and timely given the gravity of interpretations of genetics research (for example GMOs and personal genomes).


Education: BS in Biology, University of Missouri, Columbia (1997); PhD in Genetics, North Carolina State University (2003)


Career summary: Postdoctoral Training: Max-Planck-Institut für chemische Ökologie in Jena, Germany with Thomas Mitchell-Olds (2003-2005); Faculty Appointments: Assistant Professor (2005-2011), Associate Professor (2011-2017), Professor (2017-present), Department of Genetics and Biochemistry, Clemson University. Faculty Senate elected positions: Research Committee Chair (2014-2016), Vice President/President-elect (2016-2017), President (2017-2018)


Honors and Awards: American Council of Education (ACE) Women’s Leadership Forum (2016); Professional Service Activities: DivSEEK (Global Germplasm Organization) Partner, Clemson University signatory (2012-present);


Professional Service Activities: Weed Science (2014-present); Funding agency panel service: NSF (Evolutionary Genetics, BREAD, Plant Genome), USDA, SC SeaGrant; Meeting facilitator or *organizer: Evolutionary genomics of weedy species workshop facilitator Global Herbicide Resistance Challenge, Denver, Colorado (2017); CROPS conference, Huntsville, Alabama (2017); International Weed Science Congress, Scientific Program (2016); *Second International Workshop on Weeds and Invasive Plants, the Science Incubator meeting, Benasque, Spain (2014); *SouthEast Population, Ecological and Evolutionary Genetics SEPEEG conference, Clemson Outdoor Lab (2012)


Major Research Interests: My Diversity Genomics lab takes a speciation and molecular evolutionary genetics approach to study the relationships between genome dynamics, domestication and ferality traits, genetic histories of crop-wild relative lineages, and the impact that these relationships have on crop improvement and management of agroecosystems (esp. weedy and invasive species). More specifically, we apply models of population and quantitative genetics to study: genetic diversity from crop wild relatives and diverse seed collections of rosaceous crops (esp. peaches, apples, and cherries) for basic genetics knowledge and to improve elite seeds, the genome dynamics underlying aggressive rapid origins and proliferation of herbicide-resistant weedy Amaranthus species, and selection differentials of domestication and de-domestication in Oryza spp. (rice).





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DIRECTOR (vote for one in each section)


Cassandra Extavour
Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB); Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA


Candidacy Statement: Discovering genetics was what made me to decide to become a scientist. The first primary data paper I read as an undergraduate was Sydney Brenner’s 1974 tour de force inaugurating C. elegans as a genetic model system, published in the journal GENETICS. The foresight, power and elegance of this study, and the rigor that characterizes the work published in GENETICS, have served as guideposts for me throughout my scientific career. 20 years later, I have yet to discover a scientific problem that I find more fascinating, than that of determining how the nucleic acid polymers that make up the genomes of cellular life, create and regulate this life, and how they evolved these functions. I therefore believe that our primary job as geneticists is to push forward the limits of this understanding, using whatever tools and organisms best suit our questions of interest. Another critical responsibility is to make our knowledge available, and more importantly, to make the intellectual, logical, and material resources needed to use and advance this knowledge, to future generations of scientists and citizens. I believe that the GSA should focus its efforts in four main areas: first, we should focus both on supporting scientific communities united by choice or organism, in the form of the traditional organism-specific meetings that are so crucial to continued cohesion and advancement of the most well-established genetic models. Second, we should simultaneously continue to pursue ways to support improved communication and cross-fertilization of scientists united by biological questions, regardless of model organism. The first TAGC in 2016 was an ambitious step in this direction, and I believe that the most successful elements of that meeting can be leveraged into even more effective such activities in the future. Third, we should acknowledge the fact that the increased success and widespread applications of transgenesis, RNA interference, and direct genome modification techniques, means that functional genetic studies are now not only possible, but ongoing, in a much broader range of organisms that those usually thought of as “traditional genetic model organisms.” We should reach out to scientists performing “non-traditional” genetic analyses, to broaden and strengthen the intellectual and scientific power of the GSA. Finally, we must acknowledge, embrace, and act on our responsibility and geneticists to work not alone, but with others, to educate citizens, educators and policy makers on what genes do and do not predict or control. We have always lived in a world where the lines between culture, religion, ethnicity and race are erased, redrawn, blurred or emphasized according to political, social and economic interests. “Genetics” has too often been used as an eraser or a divider for these interests, without regard to the actual underlying data. As geneticists, we must not only speak up when we see genetics being misunderstood or misrepresented, but we must also work together with other professionals and citizens in acknowledgement that education alone is not the answer. Smokers know that their habit is killing them, but that’s not enough to make them quit. Similarly, peoples’ belief in the explanatory and predictive power of genetics is not based solely on how informed they are about science, but rather, on their values and belief systems. By educating ourselves and our students on these aspects of society, we will put ourselves in a better position to make meaningful contributions as scientists.


Education: 1991 - 1995: B.Sc. (Honors) in Molecular Biology and Genetics, University of Toronto, Canada; Major: Mathematics; Minor: Spanish. 1995 - 2000: Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Genetics, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain; Graduate Thesis Advisor: Prof. A. García Bellido. 2001: EMBO Short-Term Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Institute for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology (IMBB-FORTH), Crete, Greece; Research Advisor: Dr. M. Averof. 2002 - 2004: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, University of Cambridge, UK; Research Advisor: Prof. M. Akam.


Career Summary: 2004 – 2007: Research Associate, Department of Zoology, University of Cambridge, UK. Faculty Appointments: 2007 – 2011: Assistant Professor, OEB, Harvard University. 2011 – 2014: Associate Professor, OEB, Harvard University. 2014-present: Professor, OEB & MCB, Harvard University


Honors and Awards: 1995: International Student Exchange Scholarship, Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs. 1996: Predoctoral Fellowship, Spanish Ministry of Education and Culture. 2000: Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Autonomous Community of Madrid. 2001: European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO) Short-Term Fellowship. 2002: Post-Course Research Award (Marine Biological Laboratory, Woods Hole). 2010: Ellison Medical Foundation New Scholar in Aging Award; Joseph R. Levenson Memorial Teaching Prize, Nomination. 2012: James P. Holland Lecture, Department of Biology, Indiana University at Bloomington; Harvard Graduate Women in Science & Engineering Mentoring Award, Nomination. 2013: E. E. Just Lecture, Biological and Physical Sciences Divisions, University of Chicago. 2014 - present: General Member, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics. 2015: Star Family Prize for Excellence in Advising, Nomination. 2017: Coles Lecture (inaugural speaker), New York University School of Medicine. 2018: Juanita Greer White Distinguished Lecture, University of Nevada Las Vegas; Christianna Smith Memorial Lecture, Mount Holyoke/Smith/Amherst/Hampshire Colleges.


Professional Service Activities: Lead PI, EDEN (Evo-Devo-Eco Research Coordination Network funded by the NSF). Lead PI (2010-2017). Scientific Organizing Committee Member, International Congress of Invertebrate Morphology (2011). Genome Prioritization Committee Members i5K Arthropod Genome Sequencing Initiative (2011-2014). Invited Member, Evolutionary Cell Biology NSF Working Group (2012). Organizer, Program on Cooperation and the Evolution of Multicellularity: Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics,Santa Barbara, CA (2013). Invited Chair and Organizer, Evolutionary Developmental Biology NSF Workshop, NESCent, Durham NC (2013). Invited Advisory Board Member, Open Tree of Life (2013-2015), Phenotype Research Coordination Network funded by the NSF (2012-2016). Scientific Advisor, Advanced Course in Quantitative Biology: From Genes to Growth and Form, Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics, Santa Barbara, CA (2016). Editorial Board, Scientific Reports (2017-present); Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences (2014-present); Journal of Experimental Zoology: Molecular & Developmental Evolution (2013-present); BioSciences (2012-present); Molecular Reproduction and Development (2008-present). Permanent Member, DEV2 Study Section, NIH (2014-2020). Advisory Board, FlyBase (2015-present).


Major Research Interests: germ line development and evolution, evolution of cell types and cellular cooperation; animal developmental genetics, gonadogenesis, evolution of gonad morphology; invertebrate embryology, cell lineages, developmental potential of cell types




Catherine (Katie) Peichel
Professor, Institute of Ecology and Evolution, University of Bern, Switzerland


Candidacy Statement: As an undergraduate at UC Berkeley, I fell in love with the simple logic and elegant experiments of genetics (thanks Jasper Rine!). This love for taking genetic approaches to address biological questions has driven my career ever since. I started as a mouse geneticist, publishing my first major paper from my PhD in GENETICS. For my postdoctoral fellowship, I used what I had learned from model organisms to develop the threespine stickleback fish as a new model organism that has allowed us to identify the genetic and molecular changes that underlie the evolution of both morphological and behavioral evolution. With the advent of new technologies, many more systems are now amenable to genetic approaches. With my background in both traditional and non-traditional model systems, I would like to continue to work to bring these communities together to learn from each other. The new Population, Evolutionary and Quantitative Genetics conference is certainly one exciting step taken by the GSA to do so, and I will work to continue this momentum. Having just moved my lab to Switzerland, where public support for fundamental research is very high, I will also bring a new perspective to advocating for fundamental research support at the national and international level. I will also work to promote the GSA and its journals outside of North America to foster an international community of geneticists. As a new author on the Introduction to Genetic Analysis textbook, I would also like to contribute to the efforts of the GSA to provide excellence in genetics education, so that we can continue to inspire students to fall in love with genetics.


Education: BA in Molecular and Cellular Biology (emphasis in Genetics), University of California, Berkeley (1991); PhD in Molecular Biology, Princeton University (1998)


Career Summary: Postdoctoral Training: Stanford University with David Kingsley (1998-2002). Faculty Appointments: Assistant Member (2003-2008), Associate Member (2008-2013), Full Member (2013-2016), Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center; Affiliate Assistant Professor (2003-2009); Affiliate Associate Professor (2009-2013); Affiliate Professor (2013-present), Department of Biology, University of Washington; Professor, University of Bern, Switzerland (2016-present)


Honors and Awards: Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award in the Biomedical Sciences (2002); Fellow of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2013)


Professional Service Activities: GSA related: Associate Editor, GENETICS (2016-present). Other editorial activities: Associate Editor, Evolutionary Ecology Research (2017-present); Guest Editor, PLoS Genetics (2011-present); Associate Editor, Axios Review (2013-2017); Associate Editor, Chromosome Research (2012-2015); Associate Editor, Evolution (2009-2011); Associate Editor, Genome Research (2006-2009). Scientific Societies: President, American Genetic Association (2015); Nominating Committee, Society for the Study of Evolution (2011-2013); Elected Council Member, American Genetic Association (2010-2012). Conference organization: Chromosome Evolution, American Genetic Association Presidential Symposium (2015); Seventh International Conference on Stickleback Behavior and Evolution (2012); Tree of Sex, National Evolutionary Synthesis Center (NESCent) Working Group (2011-2014); Genomics and the Life Aquatic, Friday Harbor Laboratory Centennial Symposium (2006). Review: Member, NIH Genetic Variation and Evolution study section (2012-2014); ad hoc reviews (>45) for NIH and NSF as well as numerous Canadian and European funding organizations (2004-present). Outreach and education: Director, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center Summer Undergraduate Research Program (2003-2016); Director, University of Washington Molecular and Cellular Biology graduate program (2014-2016).


Major Research Interests: Evolutionary genetics in stickleback fish. My group is broadly interested in identifying the genetic and molecular mechanisms that underlie evolutionary processes, using stickleback fish as a model system. Our current research is focused on the genetic and genomic basis of adaptation and speciation, the genetic and neural mechanisms that underlie behavioral evolution, and the evolution of sex chromosomes.





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DIRECTOR (vote for one in each section)


Gary Churchill
Professor, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME Karl Gunner Johansson Chair for Genomics and Computational Biology, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME

Candidacy Statement: Genetics and statistics share deep common roots reaching back more than a century to Galton, Fisher and other luminaries who employed mathematical theory and quantitative analysis methods in their investigations of evolution, inheritance, and variation in the forms of life. Among the biological sciences, genetics uniquely lends itself to the rigor and elegance of quantitative analysis. The introduction of new technologies that measure and characterize whole genomes and the molecular basis of life itself has multiplied the opportunities for and challenges of statistical approaches to genetic analysis.


As a student of mathematics and statistics, genetics was never far from the center of my attention. As my career evolved, the boundary between disciplines blurred and I am only mildly surprised to find myself engaged in breeding mice. The Collaborative Cross and Diversity Outbred mouse populations exemplify the kinds of new model organism resources that are being developed across a wide range of species. These developments have been paralleled by advances in human genetics leveraging population-based cohorts to gain new insights into the genetic underpinnings of human health and disease. Both human and model organism genetics have benefitted from the growth of genomics technologies and face many of the same challenges of data integration, analysis, and interpretation. The GSA is uniquely positioned to build bridges and to develop synergies between the model organism and human genetics communities. This is where I hope to contribute my efforts in service to the GSA. I believe that building a strong and unified community will help to ensure that the century of genetics research ahead of us is even more fruitful - and quantitative - than the century past.


Education: Ph.D. Biostatistics, University of Washington, Seattle, WA (1988), S.B. Mathematics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (1983)


Career Summary: Research Assistant, Department of Psychology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (1981-1983); Graduate Research Associate, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle, WA (1983-1986); Postdoctoral Training: Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Mathematics, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA (1988-1990); Faculty Appointments: Assistant Professor, Biometrics Unit, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (1990-1996); Associate Professor, Biometrics Unit, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY (1996-1999); Visiting Investigator, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME (1997-1998); Associate Professor, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME (1998-2003); Professor, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME (2003-Present)


Honors and Awards: The Ellison Senior Scholar Award (2010); Science Prize for Inquiry-Based Instruction (2013); Karl Gunner Johansson Chair for Genomics and Computational Biology (2015)


Professional Service Activities: Associate Editor, Theoretical Population Biology (1994-2000); Associate Editor, Journal of Computational Biology (1997-2003); Associate Editor, Biometrics (1997-2000); Associate Editor, Genetics (1998-2004, 2011-2012); Associate Editor, Mammalian Genome (2001-present); Scientific Advisory Board: Diabetes Genome Project (DGAP) (2002-2006); Editor, Statistical Applications in Genetics and Molecular Biology (2002-2012); Scientific Advisory Board: ENCODE Project, NHGRI (2003-2005); Advisory Committee Member, Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, CIFAR, (2009-2012); Associate Editor, Genome Research (2010-present); Senior Editor, Genetics (2012- present)


Major Research Interests: mouse genetics, complex traits, and statistical methods for large-scale genomic data




Matthew W. Hahn
Professor of Biology and Computer Science, and Director of Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN



Candidacy Statement: To me, GENETICS is and has always been the top journal in our field. I published my very first paper there, I serve as an Associate Editor there, and I value every paper that appears in the journal. The GSA has done a wonderful job maintaining this excellence, as well as expanding their reach with G3. As a Director I view my main tasks as ensuring that the next generation of scientists appreciate the role of the GSA in enriching our field, as well as strengthening the role GSA plays in science. The GSA plays an important role not only through its excellent journals, but also through conferences, student awards, and professional development and education programs. Sometimes it seems that students only value professional societies for the journals they publish (and the impact factor of these journals), and miss out on all of the other important roles societies like GSA play. I am especially excited about GSA’s 2018 stand-alone meeting on Population, Evolutionary, and Quantitative Genetics (PEQG)—which I am on the organizing committee for—and believe that we will be able to replicate the success it had as part of last year’s TAGC meeting. This meeting is a wonderful addition to all of the organism-specific meetings that GSA is rightly known for, and it should bring together researchers working on a wide variety of model and non-model organisms. I will work to ensure that it becomes a regular biannual conference.


Education: BS, Cornell University (1998); PhD, Duke University (2003)


Career Summary: Postdoctoral Training: University of California, Davis with Charles Langley and John Gillespie (2003-2005). Faculty Appointments: Assistant Professor (2005-2010), Associate Professor (2010-2014), Professor (2014-present), Departments of Biology and Computer Science, Indiana University.


Honors and Awards: NSF postdoctoral fellowship (2003-2005), Alfred P. Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship (2010-2012)


Professional Service Activities: Editorial: Associate Editor, GENETICS (2013-present), Senior Editor, Molecular Biology and Evolution (2014-present), Associate Editor, Systematic Biology (2016-present), Associate Editor, Evolution (2014-2016), Associate Editor, Molecular Biology and Evolution (2009-2014), Editorial Board, Genome Research (2009-2014), Associate Editor, PLoS ONE (2006-2009); Scientific Societies: Council member, American Genetic Association (2017-2019), Member, DeLill Nasser Award Selection Committee, GSA (2013-2016); Conferences: Organizing Committee PEQG meeting, GSA (2018), Program Committee, ISMB (2009-2011, 2013, 2017), Program Committee, GLBIO (2015-2017), Program Committee, RECOMB Comparative Genomics (2008-2011)


Major Research Interests: Population and evolutionary genetics. We use intra- and inter-specific data from multiple different systems—including flies, mosquitoes, primates, and wild tomatoes—to understand the evolution of genes and genomes. Much of the work we do also involves the development of statistical and computational methods for analyzing genomic data.




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