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Attend #Dros23!

64th Annual Drosophila Research Conference

XXMarch 1–5, 2023 | Sheraton Grand Chicago Riverwalk | Chicago, IL

Go to #Dros23 website

Annual Drosophila Research Conference

The Annual Drosophila Research Conference is the premier meeting for Drosophila researchers. As many as 1,000 presentations cover the full diversity of Drosophila investigations, from genetics to molecular biology, cell biology, development, immunology, physiology, neuroscience, evolution, and more.

Upcoming Conferences

The Allied Genetics Conference
March 6–10, 2024
National Harbor
Washington DC Metro Area

Past Conferences

2023: Chicago, IL and Online
2022: San Diego, CA and Online | Watch Highlight Videos | Abstract Book
2021: #Dros21 Online Watch Highlight Videos | Abstract Book
2020: The Allied Genetics Conference (TAGC) | Watch Highlight Videos | Abstract Book
2019: Dallas, TX | Program Book
2018: Philadelphia, PA | Program Book
2017: San Diego, CA
2016: Orlando, FL | Program Book
2015: Chicago, IL
2014: San Diego, CA
2013: Washington, DC
2012: Chicago, IL
2011: San Diego, CA
2010: Washington, DC
2009: Chicago, IL
2008: San Diego, CA
2007: Philadelphia, PA
2006: Houston, TX
2005: San Diego, CA
2004: Washington, DC
2003: Chicago, IL
2002: San Diego, CA
2001: Washington, DC
2000: Pittsburgh, PA


Larry Sandler Award

The Larry Sandler Memorial Lecture is presented by an outstanding recent PhD graduate on the opening night of the Conference. We invite you to nominate candidates for the lecture, which was established in 1988 by the colleagues, friends, and students of Dr. Larry Sandler after his untimely death in 1987. The award serves to honor Dr. Sandler for his many contributions to Drosophila genetics and his exceptional dedication to the training of Drosophila biologists. The winner receives complimentary registration for the 64th Annual Drosophila Research Conference as well as a lifetime membership in GSA.


Any student completing a PhD in an area of Drosophila research between July 2021 and December 2022 is eligible and must be nominated by their thesis advisor.


All nominations must be submitted by the student’s thesis advisor and should include the following:

  • Nominee’s Curriculum Vitae
  • Nominee’s thesis abstract of 1-2 pages
  • A nomination letter directly answering the following questions (1,000 words maximum):
    • What are the main discoveries in the nominee’s thesis?
    • What are the intellectual and experimental contributions of the nominee to the project?
    • How does the thesis work advance what was previously known in the field and to previous work from your lab?
Deadline to nominate is November 10, 2023.
Past Recipients

James O’Connor, 2023

Lianna Wat, 2022

Ching-Ho Chang, 2021

Balint Kacsoh, 2020

Laura Fairbanks Seeholzer, 2019

Lucy Liu, 2018

Danny E. Miller, 2017

Alejandra Figueroa-Clarevega, 2016

Zhao Zhang, 2015

Ruei-Jiun Hung, 2014

Weizhe Hong, 2013

Stephanie Turner Chen, 2012

Daniel Babcock, 2011

Leonardo Koerich, 2010

Timothy T. Weil, 2009

Adam A. L. Friedman, 2008

Yu-Chiun Wang, 2007

Daniel Ortiz-Barrientos, 2006

Elissa Hallem, 2005

Sean McGuire, 2004

Sinisa Urban, 2003

Matthew C. Gibson, 2002

James Wilhelm, 2001

Bin Chen, 2000

Terence Murphy, 1999

Nir Hacohen, 1998

Abby Dernburg, 1997

Chaoyong Ma, 1996

David Begun, 1995

Kendal Broadie, 1994

David Schneider, 1993

Doug Kellogg, 1992

Maurice Kernan, 1991

Michael Dickinson, 1990

Kate Harding, 1989

Bruce Edgar, 1988

Drosophila Community Service Award

Nominations are due by January 10, 2023.

The Fly Board is excited to announce the inaugural Drosophila Community Service Award! A major goal of the award is to raise awareness within the Drosophila community about the depth and diversity of efforts supporting its success.

The selection committee is encouraged to recognize colleagues who might not have been selected for the Genetics Society of America awards. Any member of the Drosophila research community is eligible, including professionals not holding traditional tenure-track positions. A team or small group may be recognized.

Anyone may make a nomination by submitting a letter describing the contributions of the nominee(s), including the significance and impact of the work on the community. Please submit your nomination by 01/10/2023 by email to:

Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Awards

Named to honor the memory of Victoria Finnerty, this award helps support travel costs for undergraduates presenting their Drosophila research at the Annual Drosophila Research Conference.

Finnerty was a long-time member of the Genetics Society of America and served the Drosophila and genetics communities in many capacities. Her ground-breaking work as a graduate student used high-resolution recombination analysis to dissect gene structure. This set the stage for a 35-year career in which she excelled as a gifted teacher as well as a research scientist. Vickie was a wise, compassionate mentor and teacher for whom interactions with her students was a constant joy. She constantly sought new ways to engage undergraduates in their genetics courses and in research; the Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Award continues her stellar example. Learn more about the Victoria Finnerty Awards ≫

Drosophila Image Award

The Drosophila Image Award recognizes compelling images that communicate important findings in Drosophila research. Any image from a paper that has been accepted for publication in the calendar year preceding the Annual Drosophila Research Conference is eligible and can be submitted by the researcher who generated it. The award is given to the most striking image and video that clearly convey an important biological result. Learn more about the Image Awards ≫

Poster Awards

Awards will be given for the best poster presentations by GSA undergraduate and graduate student members. Judges take both scientific merit and clarity of presentation into account. You must be the first AND presenting author on the abstract to be eligible for an award. You must also be a GSA student member at the time you submit your abstract and must check the option during abstract submission to enter your poster in the competition.

The following prizes will be awarded:

  • 1st place – $300
  • 2nd place – $200
  • 3rd place – $100

Winners will be announced during the conference. All candidates must upload an oral overview and pdf of their poster to be eligible for an award. PIs and postdocs who are GSA members can indicate during registration if they would like to help with judging. See past Poster Award recipients ≫