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Genetics Society of America announces award recipients at 51st Annual Drosophila Conference
Date:4/26/2010

Bethesda, MD The Genetics Society of America is pleased to announce that nine students' research work was selected for poster awards at the 51st Annual Drosophila Research Conference in Washington, D.C., April 7-11, 2010. Students were selected for first, second and third place awards for each of three academic levels: postdoctoral, graduate and undergraduate. This was the first time that undergraduate student research was included for review to receive poster awards. In recognition of their outstanding posters, all recipients of place awards received a monetary allocation.

In addition, three students at each academic level received honorable mentions for their posters. All student winners are listed below.

Postdoctoral Fellow Posters

First: Jeremiah J. Zartman, Princeton Univ, NJ, "Negative feedback bends the gene expression boundary in a developing tissue" (666C). Principal Investigator (PI): Stanislav Shvartsman.

Second: Hiroshi Ishimoto, Univ of Iowa, Iowa City, "Non-genomic actions of the steroid hormone ecdysone in adult Drosophila" (594C). PI: Toshihiro Kitamoto.

Third: Jianhua Huang, Univ of Maryland, College Park, "TGF-β Signaling Regulates Drosophila Metamorphosis by Activating Expression of JHAMT, a Key Regulatory Enzyme of Juvenile Hormone Biosynthesis" (704B). PI: Jian Wang.

Graduate Student Posters

First: W. Ryan Williamson and Dong Wang, Univ of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, "A dual function of the v-ATPase reveals a neuron-specific degradation pathway in Drosophila" (191B). PI: P. Robin Hiesinger.

Second: Vafa Bayat, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX, "Mutations in the Mitochondrial Methionyl-tRNA Synthetase Cause Neurodegeneration in Drosophila and Humans" (386B).

Third: Andrew D. Skora, Carnegie Institution of Science, Baltimore, MD, "Epigenetic Stability Increases in the Drosophila Follicle Stem Cell lineage" (760A). PI:
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Contact: Sherry Marts
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