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Tin Tin Su, Chair
Gio Bosco
Pamela Geyer
Noah K. Whiteman

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The abstract submission deadline is November 16, 2017 at 8:00 pm EST


You cannot save a partially completed submission. Before you start the submission process, ensure you have ALL of the following:

  1. Co-author names, institutions, and e-mail addresses
  2. Abstract title and body text (abstract body must be <2500 characters, including line breaks and spaces)
  3. Your selection for the abstract’s Primary and Secondary Research Areas. These will be used by the meeting chairs in assigning abstracts to particular sessions.
  4. 01 Intracellular Dynamics: Cytoskeleton, Organelles & Trafficking
    02 Cell Biology & Signal Transduction
    03 Cell Division & Growth Control
    04 Cell Death & Immunity
    05 Physiology, Metabolism, Growth & Aging
    06 Gametogenesis
    07 Stem Cells
    08 Neural Development & Physiology
    09 Neural Circuits & Behavior
    10 Models of Human Disease: Neurodegeneration & Neurological Disorders
    11 Models of Human Disease: Developmental & Physiological Disorders
    12 Evolution & Population Genetics
    13 Evolution of Development, Other Species
    14 Patterning, Morphogenesis & Organogenesis
    15 Regulation of Gene Expression
    16 Chromatin & Epigenetics
    17 RNA Biology
    18 Techniques & Technology
    19 Educational Initiatives (if chosen as Primary Research Area, no Secondary Research Area required)

  5. Credit card for non-refundable abstract submission fee ($30 GSA member/$60 non-member)

We encourage you to join the GSA before submitting your abstract. GSA members receive exclusive benefits—including conference registration discounts—and join a vibrant community working to advance our field. Student members are also eligible to enter the poster awards. Be sure to confirm that your membership is current prior to starting your submission.

Education Abstracts

Drosophila has been a favored model organism for teaching genetics for many years. Submit an abstract on your latest innovation in genetics and genomics education. You may submit education abstracts in addition to your research topic abstracts.

Late Abstracts

If space allows, late abstracts may be submitted from  December 1, 2017–February 2, 2018. You must submit late abstracts via the late abstract submission program. If accepted, these abstracts will not appear in the Program Book but will be available in a separate list online only. These abstracts will not be considered for oral presentation and will not be available through the searchable online program planner.

Abstract Submission FAQs

No. Few users have difficulty in completing the online submission. If you do have a problem we suggest that you try another computer and/or browser. Some combinations of certain computers and browsers on occasion may cause problems.

For each abstract submitted you must pay the non-refundable, per abstract submission fee of $30 GSA Members/$60 Non-Members. The same person may submit multiple abstracts but a separate fee is payable for each submission. To receive the member fee, the submitting author must be a 2018 GSA member.

You will need to pay the abstract fee by credit card during the abstract submission process. Once you have entered your abstract information you will be taken to a secure payment form. Your abstract will not be submitted until the payment step is complete.

No, if you exit the program before you click on "submit your abstract," your information will be lost and you will need to start over. You may minimize your screen while you work in another program but do not exit the abstract form.

This will be determined by your own computer system. We do not recommend using the cut and paste option when it involves special characters (such as super- or subscripts, Greek characters etc.), you will need to confirm and repair any missing characters using the palette or special characters menu on the submission application. You will also need to make sure you put your authors, abstract title, and abstract body in the correct fields.

Authors often find a discrepancy in the keystroke count on their word processors and the character count in the abstract submission program because these counts are computed differently. To be certain that your abstract is successfully submitted, use the character count on the submission application as your guide.

During the submission process, you likely entered your title twice (one in the title field and again in the body of the text). You need to revise your abstract and remove the title from the abstract body. You will need your last name, abstract control number, and personal ID number to revise your abstract.

All revisions must be completed by November 17, 2017.

For security purposes, the presenting author's name cannot be changed. To change the presenting author's name, you must withdraw the abstract, then resubmit with the new name. This must be done by the submission deadline of November 17, 2017.

For questions contact Suzy Brown at

Yes. Go to the submission site and click on "Revise My Abstract." You will need your last name, abstract control number, and personal ID number. Revisions may be submitted now through November 17, 2017

After November 17, 2017 no revisions will be permitted.

For security purposes, the presenting author's name on a previously submitted abstract MAY NOT BE CHANGED. To change the presenting author's name you must withdraw the previously submitted abstract and submit a new abstract in the new author's name. For questions contact Suzy Brown at

To withdraw an abstract, return to the submission site and select "Withdraw My Abstract." You will need your abstract control number, personal ID number, and presenting author's last name. Select the appropriate button to withdraw an abstract. The presenting author and the Meeting Manager will be informed of the withdrawal.

If you are submitting your abstract on the last two days leading up to the deadline, you may experience some slowness because of the number of people using the system. While we have made every effort to ensure efficient receipt of all abstracts, extreme stress on the system may result in a slower submission process. Please submit EARLY to avoid frustrations. We cannot extend the deadline past November 16, 2017.

Program assignments will be posted on the meeting website on January 8, 2018. Information will not be available before this time. You will not receive an e-mail with your assignment. Please remember to check the website after this date.

Technical Questions: Hubert Zhang -

All Other Questions: Suzy Brown