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Biology professor appointed associate editor of leading genetics journal

Sept. 22, 2014

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James Birchler, Curators’ Professor of Biological Sciences

University of Missouri Curators’ Professor James Birchler has been appointed an associate editor of G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics, the peer-reviewed scientific journal of the Genetics Society of America.

Published monthly, the open-access journal publishes research devoted to foundational research in genetics and genomics. The publication has been in continuous publication since 2011. The editorial board of academic experts is instrumental in shaping the journal into an important forum for the publication of useful genetics findings and resources.

Birchler was one of nine new editorial appointments announced by the GSA, including two new Deputy Editors-in-Chief.

In a press release, the journal’s Editor-in-Chief Brenda Andrews commented on the new appointments. “Genetics is a fast-paced field. The expanded editorial board will help us keep up with the growing volume and diversity of research being submitted to G3.”

Birchler maintains a high-research profile as a geneticist, making experimental and theoretical contributions in both maize and Drosophila systems. His studies have provided insight into various aspects of gene expression, complex traits, dosage compensation, aneuploid syndromes, and the differential evolutionary fate of gene duplication via whole genome versus copy number variation. His lab also is recognized for developing the first artificial chromosome in plants as well as a method for identifying somatic chromosomes in plants. He has also madecontributions for the understanding plant centromere structure and function.

Birchler is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, an Einstein Professor of the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences USA.

The new appointment complements Birchler’s service as an Associate Editor of GENETICS, the flagship journal of the GSA, for the past two decades.

Founded in 1931, the GSA is the professional scientific society for genetics researchers and educators.

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Read the official press release from the Genetics Society of America

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