For Immediate Release
Monday, May 11, 2015
Fifteen undergraduate students receive travel awards from the Genetics Society of America
Researchers will present research at International C. elegans Meeting
BETHESDA, MD – The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is pleased to name the recipients of the GSA Undergraduate Travel Awards for
summer 2015. These students will use the funds from this award to travel to the
20th International C. elegans Meeting, where they will present their
“We are always delighted to help further the careers or our undergraduate
members, by providing them with an opportunity to present their research to an international
audience," noted GSA Executive Director Adam Fagen, PhD. “We look forward to hearing more about their findings at the 'worm meeting' this summer."
The winners of the GSA Undergraduate Travel Awards for summer 2015 are:
Tykayah Baird, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA, USA
Research focus: "My research includes looking at the long term effects of the
selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor (SSRI), escitalopram on behavior
elegans as a model organism."
Mentor: Lucinda Carnell
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR, USA
Research focus: "Using novel microfluidic
approaches, I measure C. elegans behavioral and physiological
traits with the goal of better understanding the processes that determine
how and why individuals age."
Mentor: Patrick Phillips
Chang, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA, USA
Mentor: Wendy Hanna-Rose
Research focus: "I study the role of oxidative
stress in metabolism and aging using C. elegans."
||Raven Symone Conyers,
Washington State University, Pullman, WA, USA
"My research is on the effect of FUdR on fat composition and aging
in C. elegans."
Mentor: Jennifer Watts
Rutgers University, Piscataway, NJ, USA
Research focus: "Our
project is an effort to determine the role of piRNA in the epigenetic
Mentor: Sam Gu
Luther College, Decorah, IA, USA
Research focus: "My
research involves characterizing the genetic factors that are involved in
the response of C. elegans, a microscopic nematode, to the toxic
gas hydrogen sulfide."
Mentor: Dana Miller, University of Washington
Lai, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC, Canada
Mentor: Stefan Taubert
Research focus: "I use the nematode worm
Caenorhabditis elegans to study the regulatory pathways that are
activated to respond to a build up of molecules that damage cellular
components such as DNA and protein."
Monroy, University of California, Davis, CA, USA
Mentor: Daniel Starr
Research focus: "I am studying the role of
nuclear migration in C. elegans."
Moore, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH, USA
Mentor: Maureen Peters
Research focus: "My research project aims to
understand, at the level of genes, proteins, cells, and organs, how the
C. elegans intestinal cells can instruct neurons to evoke a precisely
timed muscle contraction that is part of a three step motor program involved
Morash, Rutgers University, Pistcataway, NJ, USA
Mentor: Maureen Barr
Research focus: "I study the way in which
the internal structure of cells is regulated in an effort to better
understand key cell processes such as cell division."
Sadic, New York University, New York, NY, USA
Mentor: Sevinc Ercan
Research focus: "We aim to understand how condensin
complexes in C. elegans are targeted to different regions of the
Schaar, Hope College, Holland, MI, USA
Research focus: "My research examines the
relationship between aging and the electron transport chain in the
mitochondria of C. elegans."
Mentor: Jeremy Van Raamsdonk, Van Andel Research Institute
Tyler Shimko, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT, USA
Research focus: “I use the model nematode
worm C. elegans to study the process by which sperm cells gain the
ability to move, known as sperm activation.”
Mentor: Gillian Stanfield
Sikes, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA, USA
Research focus: "My research is investigating the
role of Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) genes in the insulin-signaling
response to a high glucose diet in C. elegans."
Mentor: Michelle A. Mondoux
Truong, University of California, Davis, CA, USA
Research focus: "I study the possible role
of the DNA damage sensor ATR in the repair of double strand breaks and
chromosome segregation in meiosis."
Mentor: JoAnne Engebrecht
The GSA Undergraduate Travel Awards are one of several awards made by the GSA to early career researchers. Applicants must be GSA members, and successful applicants may use their funds to support travel to one of GSA’s conferences on genetics research in a variety of model organisms. For more information on these awards, including criteria and previous winners, please see http://www.genetics-gsa.org/awards/undergraduate_awards.shtml.
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About the International C. elegans Meeting
The biannual C. elegans meeting brings together more than 1,700 scientists conducting cutting-edge research on a diverse array of topics from neurobiology to genomics, aging to ecology. Meeting attendees generally conduct research using the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans, a model organim that lends itself to easy investigation where findings can be easily translated to humans. C. elegans emerged as a common system of study in the 1960s and 1970s because of the ability to understand the position of every cell in the body and how they are connected to each other. Later, C. elegans was the first animal to have its complete genome sequenced, paving the way for the subsequent completion of the human genome. Research conducted in C. elegans has been the subject of at least three Nobel Prizes awarded in the last 15 years.
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 www.genetics-gsa.org.
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