We are pleased to announce the election of four new leaders to the GSA Board of Directors:

2018 Vice-President / 2019 President

Terry Magnuson

Sarah Graham Kenan Professor, Department of Genetics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Vice Chancellor for Research, UNC Chapel Hill

Terry Magnuson

Terry Magnuson investigates the role of genes in unique epigenetic phenomena, such as the developmental and tumor suppressor role of chromatin remodeling complexes. He has previously served GSA as a member of the Board of Directors and as both an Associate and Senior Editor of the GSA journal GENETICS. He is also the GSA representative to the Science Policy Committee of FASEB (Federation of America Societies for Experimental Biology). This committee monitors and advocates for science with congressional delegations and the public. He is honored to continue promoting the importance of research in his new leadership role.



Directors (2018–2020)

Kirsten Bomblies

Project Leader, John Innes Centre

Kirsten Bomblies studies the evolution of core processes in meiosis in response to whole genome duplication, as well as environment. She currently serves as an Associate Editor for GENETICS and helped organize the first iteration of the new Population Evolutionary and Quantitative Genetics conference in 2016. She believes the GSA has an important part to play in promoting the importance of fundamental research and reaching out to the public about the wide-reaching implications of our field.



Cassandra Extavour

Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology (OEB) and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB), Harvard University

Cassandra Extavour studies the evolution of the genetic mechanisms employed during early animal embryogenesis to specify cell fate, development, and differentiation. She believes geneticists must not only speak up when we see genetics being misunderstood or misrepresented in the public sphere, but we must also work together with other professionals and citizens in acknowledging that education alone is not the answer.


Matthew W. Hahn

Professor of Biology and Computer Science and Director of Center for Genomics and Bioinformatics, Indiana University

Matthew Hahn uses intra- and inter-specific data from multiple different systems—including flies, mosquitoes, primates, and wild tomatoes—to understand the evolution of genes and genomes. Much of his group’s work also involves the development of statistical and computational methods for analyzing genomic data. He serves as an Associate Editor for GENETICS and is on the organizing committee for the 2018 Population, Evolutionary, and Quantitative Genetics Conference. He hopes to ensure that the next generation of scientists appreciates the role of the GSA in enriching our field, and to strengthen the role the Society plays in science.