To promote excellence in undergraduate research and education, the Genetics Society of America has established a travel award to assist undergraduate members attending a GSA conference and presenting their research.

We’re proud to announce the winners of the Undergraduate Travel Award! The recipients will be attending the 22nd International C. elegans Conference at UCLA from June 20–24, 2019. We can’t wait to see you at #Worm19!


Mario Cabrera

Baylor College of Medicine

“My research is understanding the molecular interplay of host and microbial factors that determine microbiome form and function.”


Nina Fassnacht

Marist College

“My research is understanding how chromatin remodelers are important for responding to different types of DNA damage in C. elegans.”


Kassandra Kin

University of California, Riverside

“By looking at insect parasitic nematodes, we were able to establish that one odor is able to elicit two different responses.”


Cameron LaFayette

University of Alabama at Birmingham

“I investigate how primary cilia dysfunction influences nephronophthisis using the C. elegans model.”


Robert Lao

The University of Toronto

“I am studying how small RNAs and their protein partners (called Argonautes) mediate communication between cells, and what role this process may play in parasitic worm infections.”


Katarina Liberatore

Muhlenberg College

“I study the regulation of arrest through neuronal signaling mediated by nuclear hormone receptors and insulin signaling.”


Aidan Nowakowski

Marist College

“My research looks at DNA repair pathways and how the loss of a crucial part of one pathway can affect the overall genomic stability of the organism.”


Victoria Puccini de Castro

Northeastern Illinois University

“By the analysis of mutations isolated in a large genetic screen, we have defined additional molecular components that work in conjunction with a canonical fibroblast growth factor signaling pathway to regulate fluid homeostasis in the nematode C. elegans.”


Priscila Robles

University of California, Riverside

“I am using CeNDR to find the genetic pathway associated with the detection of a chemical odorant.”


Brendil Sabatino

BC Children’s Hospital Research Institute

“I am working on elucidation of a novel oxidative stress response pathway via a functional genomics screen in C. elegans.”


Evan Schlesinger

Muhlenberg College

“I am working on fluorescently visualizing DAF-16 translocation in order to better understand a sleep-like developmental arrest.”


Alexander Sinks

Davidson College

“I am working to optimize a new protocol to profile protein-DNA interactions in C. elegans with increased accuracy.”


Dan Zhang

University of Calgary

“I study stem cells in the C. elegans germline that are regulated by protein interactions.”