Announcing the Mentor-Mentee matches for 2021

With gratitude to all those who agreed to be mentors, and with thanks to the C. elegans Community Mentor Match program committee for 2020-2021, we announce the mentor-mentee matches for 2021. 

Read more about the program rollout.

Here’s a complete list of all 2021 Mentor-Mentee matches.

To those of you who offered to mentor but were not selected for a match this year, undoubtedly there will be opportunities in the future!! In the meantime, please stay tuned for these and other opportunities to serve the community. 

For those of you who did match, the committee plans to contact mentors and mentees mid-year to see how it is going. We will also solicit additional feedback to improve the program for the future. 

Best wishes, 

Jane

Neurogenetics Questionnaire

To all Junior Scientists in the field of Neurogenetics,

We want to hear from you! We are postdocs from the groups of Drs.Oliver Hobert (Columbia University), Cecilia Moens (Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center) and Kate O’Connor-Giles (Brown University). We are interested in writing an article about the perspectives of early-career scientists (graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and junior principal investigators) on the future of Neurogenetics research, to be included in the upcoming special Neurogenetics Series in Genetics. By completing this questionnaire, your perspectives on the future of Neurogenetics research may be featured in the article.

Your timely feedback is much appreciated!

-Scott Gratz, Adam Isabella, Takuya Kaneko, Eduardo Levya-Diaz, HaoSheng Sun, Rajan Thakur.

Change to disease statements in gene descriptions for WS279

Due to non-stringent human ortholog(s) and their associated diseases, C. elegans gene descriptions (displayed in the “Overview widget” of gene pages) often had spurious diseases associated with their human orthologs. With WS279, we imposed a stringency filter and only those disease associations to ortholog(s) called by more than one orthology prediction method are included in the gene description. This change has improved the accuracy of statements that read “human orthologs of this gene are implicated in <disease(s)>”. However, please note that this change has also resulted in the loss of such statements for several hundred gene descriptions due to the increased stringency.

The 23rd International C. elegans conference is anywhere and everywhere!

The 23rd International C. elegans Conference website is now live.

Dates: June 21-25, 2021

Name: 23rd International C. elegans Conference

Location: Anywhere and Everywhere (virtual)

Organizers: Barbara Conradt and Piali Sengupta

Description: The International C. elegans Conference takes place every two years and features cutting-edge research in a diverse array of topics, including physiology, neurobiology, development, evolution, behavior, aging, ecology, gene regulation, genomics, and more. For 2021, #Worm21 has been reimagined for a virtual platform and will focus on early career researchers at every stage.

Website: https://genetics-gsa.org/celegans-2021/

GSA tweet: https://twitter.com/GeneticsGSA/status/1341460244032090112