GSA is pleased to announce the recipients of the DeLill Nasser Award for Professional Development in Genetics for Fall 2018! Given twice a year to graduate students and postdoctoral researchers, DeLill Nasser Awards support attendance at meetings and laboratory courses.

The award is named in honor of DeLill Nasser, a long-time GSA supporter and National Science Foundation Program Director in Eukaryotic Genetics. Nasser was regarded by some as the “patron saint of real genetics,” shaping the field through more than two decades of leadership. She was especially supportive of young scientists, people who were beginning their careers, and those trying to open new areas of genetic inquiry. For more about Nasser, please see the tribute from Scott Hawley, published in the August 2001 issue of GENETICS.

The next round of funding will open on October 4, 2018 with applications due on November 1, 2018.

Graduate Student Awardees






Ina Anreiter
University of Toronto
“I study the genetic and epigenetic contributions to behavior in fruit flies.”






Seungsoo Kim
University of Washington
“I study the spatial organization of the genome and how it changes in response to environmental cues, using budding yeast as a model system.”






Danielle Kopke
Vanderbilt University
“I study the communication signals that cells (ie neurons) use to talk to one another, and how those signals are regulated.”






Chloe Robins
Emory University
“My work uses genetic and epigenetic data to understand the evolutionary processes behind human aging.”






Clare So
University of Toronto
“I investigate DNA repair in B cells.”






Junior West
University of Toronto
“Studying genetic mechanisms that control how epithelial tissues move during embryonic development.”

Postdoctoral Fellow Awardees






Kathleen Ferris
University of California, Davis
“I investigate the genetic basis of convergent leaf shape evolution across Monkeyflower species.”






Nandita Garud
University of California, San Francisco
“I am interested in understanding how natural populations evolve, with a current emphasis on the evolution of bacteria in the human gut microbiome.”






Piya Ghose
The Rockefeller University
“I study how morphologically complex cells die and clear in C. elegans.”






David Peris Navarro
Spanish National Council for Scientific Research (CSIC)
“I study how yeast biodiversity is generated and the improvement of industrial processes (beer, wine, and biofuel) with new, wild and/or synthetic yeasts.”