Longtime GSA member Kathryn V. Anderson has been honored by the Society for Developmental Biology (SDB) with its Edwin G. Conklin Medal in recognition of “her extraordinary and sustained research contributions to the field of developmental biology and mentoring of the next generation of scientists.”


Kathryn AndersonKathryn V. Anderson, PhD
Chair, Developmental Biology Program, and Member
Sloan Kettering Institute
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

2012 recipient, Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal
Associate Editor, GENETICS, 2001–2008
GENETICS Author, 2001, 1993, 1988


Among Anderson’s contributions to developmental biology was her identification of Toll as a maternal effect gene essential for establishing the dorsal-ventral body plan in Drosophila. Her cloning of several genes in the Toll pathway also established a clear link between Toll signaling and innate immunity. Anderson then went on to conduct forward genetic screens in mice where she identified new genes critical for mammalian developmental processes including morphogenesis, axis specification, and cell signaling.

Anderson is no stranger to GSA and was honored with the Society’s award for lifetime achievement in genetics, the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal, in 2012. Indeed, GSA noted these same areas of work in the GENETICS feature about her receipt of the Morgan Medal.

Anderson will deliver a featured lecture at SDB’s 75th Annual Meeting this August and will receive a commemorative plaque from the incoming SDB president.


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Adam Fagen was formerly Executive Director of the Genetics Society of America.

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