For Immediate Release
February 1, 2016
Genetics Society of America names Susan Celniker as recipient of George W. Beadle Award
BETHESDA, MD – The Genetics Society of America (GSA) is pleased to announce that Susan E. “Sue” Celniker (Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory) has been awarded the Society’s George W. Beadle Award for her outstanding contributions to the Drosophila community.
Dr. Celniker has played a key role in the sequencing, annotation, and characterization of the Drosophila genome. She eagerly participated in early sequencing efforts at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and led the modENCODE Fly Transcriptome Consortium, a part of the modENCODE Drosophila project that produced foundational RNA-seq datasets that explore development, gender differences, aging and transcriptional responses to environmental challenges. Her efforts were critical to ensuring that the Drosophila genome was well-annotated, making it one of the best curated, higher eukaryotic genomes available to the research community. As the Principal Investigator for the Berkeley Drosophila Genome project, Celniker has enabled proteomic studies by creating a collection of over 13,000 clones that match annotated genes for protein expression in cells or transgenic flies and continues to develop new computational tools for genetics researchers to explore RNA-seq data.
In addition to her outstanding research contributions, Dr. Celniker has been an active member of GSA and the genetics community, serving as an organizer for the Annual Drosophila Research Conference (2008, 2016), an Associate Editor for G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics (2011–current), and a Section Editor for FlyBook in GENETICS. She is also an elected fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an Advisor for FlyBase, and an Ex-officio member of the Drosophila Board of Directors.
The award will be presented to Dr.Celniker at The Allied Genetics Conference, July 13-16, 2016, in Orlando, Florida.
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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.