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For Immediate Release

Thursday, December 11, 2014


Two early career researchers awarded for work presented at mouse genetics conference


Mouse Molecular Genetics Conference

BETHESDA, MD – The Genetics Society of America (GSA) and the mouse genetics research community are pleased to announce the winners of the GSA poster awards at the 27th Annual Mouse Molecular Genetics Conference, which took place in Pacific Grove, CA, September 29–October 3, 2014. The awards were made to one graduate and one postdoctoral scientist in recognition of the research they presented at the conference. The mouse is among the most widely used model organisms for studying mammalian biology, and has enabled breakthroughs in the areas of stem cells, disease, technology, development, genomics, and more.


"We were impressed by the quality of the work produced by these young researchers," noted Adam Fagen, PhD, GSA's executive director. "Mouse genetics will continue to be a very important area of research that requires a strong next generation of scientists."


The winners of the 27th Annual Mouse Molecular Genetics Conference GSA Poster Awards are:


Kevin Ross, Graduate Student, University of California, San Diego, USA
Poster title: "A genome-edited allele of Nxf1 precisely identifies a modifier of retrovirus mutations"

Advisor: Bruce Hamilton

Nestor Saiz Arenales, Postdoctoral Researcher, Sloan Kettering Institute, USA
Poster title: "Asynchronous single-cell fate decision events drive lineage commitment in the mouse blastocyst"

Advisor: Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis



Each awardee received a cash prize, a complimentary extension to their GSA membership, and a copy of Conversations in Genetics, a series of interviews with leading geneticists. GSA typically awards such poster prizes at each of its conferences focused on genetics research in model organisms.


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About the Annual Mouse Molecular Genetics Conference:

For the past 27 years, the Mouse Molecular Genetics meeting has been a leading forum for researchers who apply the methods of genetics and genomics to fundamental problems in mammalian biology, including stem cell biology, early development, and models of human disease. In particular, the meeting showcases the latest technical developments in genetics and engineering of the mouse genome. The Mouse Molecular Genetics meeting assembles leaders in the field to present unpublished research findings; encourages junior investigators to participate in oral and poster presentations; and provides a stimulating environment for the exchange of ideas and information. For more information about the conference, please see The next meeting will take place as part of The Allied Genetics Conference, July 13–17, 2016, in Orlando, FL, which will co-locate several genetics and model organism meetings.


About the Genetics Society of America (GSA)

Founded in 1931, the Genetics Society of America (GSA) is the professional scientific society for genetics researchers and educators. The Society’s more than 5,000 members worldwide work to deepen our understanding of the living world by advancing the field of genetics, from the molecular to the population level. GSA promotes research and fosters communication through a number of GSA-sponsored conferences including regular meetings that focus on particular model organisms. GSA publishes two peer-reviewed, peer-edited scholarly journals: GENETICS, which has published high quality original research across the breadth of the field since 1916, and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, an open-access journal launched in 2011 to disseminate high quality foundational research in genetics and genomics. The Society also has a deep commitment to education and fostering the next generation of scholars in the field. For more information about GSA, please visit


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