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Undergraduate travel grant awardees present research at fly conference
Date:4/8/2013

WASHINGTON, DC April 8, 2013 -- The Genetics Society of America (GSA) and the Drosophila community of geneticists are pleased to announce nine undergraduate student winners of the Victoria Finnerty Undergraduate Travel Awards. The awards were used by these students to attend the 54th Annual Drosophila Research Conference in Washington, D.C., April 3-7, 2013. These students are juniors or seniors in college and doing research using the Drosophila as a model organism or using the tools of Drosophila research to study other insects. Among the topics researched by these young scientists are cell death, immunity and neural development and communications.

2013 Victoria Finnerty Awardees

Susanna E. Brantley, senior, Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia
Title: JAK/Stat signaling in the D. melanogaster cellular immune response (578B) (Poster)
Description: Using the tools of Drosophila genetics, I show that diverse species of parasitic wasps can affect activity of the JAK/Stat pathway, a conserved signaling pathway important for the fly's cellular immune response.
Author: Susanna E. Brantley, Nathan Mortimer, Todd Schlenke
Principal Investigator: Todd Schlenke, PhD

Gina D. Castelvecchi, junior, University of Wisconsin - Madison
Title: Identification of novel regulators of apoptosis during metamorphosis (271A) (Poster)
Description: The research involves characterizing mutants in flies that cause defects in cell death.
Author: Gina Castelvecchi1, Yunsik Kang1, Anne Sapiro2, Sarah Ives1, Arash Bashirullah1. 1) Division of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, Wisconsin, United States of America; 2) Department of Genetics, Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States of America.
Principal Investigator: Arash Bashirullah, PhD

Robert W. Fernandez, senior, York College, City University of New Yo
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Contact: Phyllis Edelman
pedelman@genetics-gsa.org
301-634-7302
Genetics Society of America
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