Close-up view of a wild-type Junonia coenia wing eyespot pattern. Zhang et al. used CRISPR mutagenesis to interfere with the genetic machinery necessary for making melanin pigments in the colored scales of the butterfly wing. See Zhang et al.

Our Board

The GSA Board of Directors understands the unique needs and challenges of scientists because they are scientists themselves. This group of dedicated volunteers works in tandem with Society staff and committee members to create GSA’s strategic plan and oversee GSA programs. The Board of Directors is elected by GSA members, and each member serves a three-year term.

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Tracy Johnson, PhD

2023 President (Board term 2022-2024)

University of California, Los Angeles

Cecilia and Keith Terasaki Presidential Endowed Chair

Professor, Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology

Dean of Life Sciences

Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Mariana Wolfner

Mariana Wolfner, PhD

2023 Vice President (Board term 2023–2025)

Cornell University

Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences in Molecular Biology & Genetics

Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow


E. Jane Hubbard

E. Jane Hubbard, PhD

2023 Immediate Past President (Board term 2021-2023)

NYU Grossman School of Medicine, Skirball Institute

Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Department of Pathology


Swathi Arur, PhD

Secretary (Board term 2022–2024)

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Professor, Department of Genetics

Tin Tin Su

Tin Tin Su, PhD

Treasurer (Board term 2023-2025)

University of Colorado, Boulder

Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

University of Colorado Cancer Center

Program Leader, Molecular and Cellular Oncology Program

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Daniel Barbash, PhD


Cornell University

Professor, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Chair, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics

Shawn Burgess

Shawn Burgess, PhD


National Human Genome Research Institute

Head, Developmental Genetics Section

University of Maryland

Adjunct Faculty

Maitreya Dunham

Maitreya Dunham, PhD


University of Washington

Professor, Department of Genome Sciences

Folami Ideraabdullah

Folami Ideraabdullah, PhD


UNC School of Medicine

Associate Professor, Department of Genetics and Department of Nutrition

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Amanda Larracuente, PhD


University of Rochester

Associate Professor, Department of Biology

Teresa Lee

Teresa Lee, PhD


University of Massachusetts, Lowell

Assistant Professor, Department of Biological Sciences

Brandon Ogbunu

C. Brandon Ogbunu, PhD


Yale University

Assistant Professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

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Duojia (DJ) Pan, PhD


University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Bashour Distinguished Professor and Chairman, Department of Physiology

Howard Hughes Medical Institute



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Martha Soto, PhD


Robert Wood Johnson Medical School, Rutgers

Noah Whiteman

Noah Whiteman, PhD


University of California, Berkeley

Associate Professor, Department of Integrative Biology

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Patricia J. Wittkopp, PhD


University of Michigan

Chair, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Professor, Department of Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology

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Jacob Ortega

Early Career Representative (2022-2023)

Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson Cancer Center

Graduate Student

Lauren McIntyre

Lauren McIntyre, PhD

Editor in Chief, G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics (2027)

University of Florida, College of Medicine

Professor, Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics


Howard Lipshitz

Howard Lipshitz, PhD

Editor in Chief, GENETICS (2025)

University of Toronto

Professor in the Department of Molecular Genetics

Tracey DePellegrin

Executive Director

Genetics Society of America

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