Past GSA award winners

​​MJD White Medal

2020 Vanessa Hayes
2019 Ary Hoffmann
2018 Neil Gemmell
2017 Richard Frankham
2016 Elizabeth Dennis
2015 Phil Batterham
2014 John Bowman
2013 Not awarded
2012 Des Cooper
2011 David Smythe
2010 Michael J. Hynes
2009 Jenny A. M. Graves

The MJD White Medal was established in 2009 by the Genetics Society of AustralAsia to recognise outstanding contributions to the field of genetics research by Australasian scientists. The medal commemorates Michael White who proposed the formation of the Genetics Society of Australia in 1953. This award is intended to recognise excellence in genetic research and may be awarded for a lifetime’s contribution to genetic research or for work by a mid-career scientist either leading to a paradigm shift in genetics or for a large body of work that is recognised as of major significance in a specific field of genetics.


Ross Crozier Medal

2020 Marnie Blewitt
2019 Christen Mirth
2018 Simon Ho
2017 Peter Fineran
2016 Aleksandra Filipovska
2015 Melanie Bahlo
2014 Peter Dearden
2013 Katherine Belov
2012 Elizabeth McGraw
2011 Coral Warr

The Ross Crozier Medal was established by the Genetics Society of AustralAsia to recognise outstanding contributions to the field of genetics research by mid-career Australasian scientists. The medal commemorates Ross Crozier, an evolutionary geneticist who was a past President and an avid lobbyist for the Society. The award is intended to assist the recipient in advancement of their career and will be awarded for work completed within the period five to 15 years from graduating with a PhD. Career interruptions will be taken into account in exercising the 15 year limit.


Alan Wilton Award​​

2020 Sonia Shah
2019 David Duchêne
2018 Emily Wong
2017 Jemma Geoghegan
2016 Sambasivam Periyannan
2015 Catherine Grueber
2014 Katie Ayers
2013 Not awarded
2012 Ryan Garrick
2011 Simon Ho

The Alan Wilton award was established by the Genetics Society of AustralAsia in honour of the late Associate Professor Alan Wilton, to recognise outstanding contributions to the field of genetics research by Australasian scientists early in their career. The award is intended to assist the recipient in advancement of their career and will be awarded for work completed within five years of graduating as a PhD. Career interruptions will be taken into account in exercising this five year limit.


​​D.G. Catcheside Prize

2020 Theresa Cole
2019 Jakob Butler
2018 Ira Deveson
2017 Katherine Harrisson
2016 Sebastián Duchêne
2015 Michaela Blyton
2014 Dong Wang
2013 Kynan Lawlor
2012 Camilla Whittington
2011 Catherine Grueber
2010 Anna Sheppard
2009 Timothy Hore
2008 Ryan Garrick
2007 Mark de Bruyn
2006 Marnie Blewitt
2005 Peter Papathanasiou
2004 W. Greg Somers

The D. G. Catcheside Prize has been established to honour the memory of the late Professor David Guthrie Catcheside (1907-1994) by recognising the achievements of the top Australasian doctoral student in the field of genetics.

The prize is made available by a generous bequest to the Genetics Society of AustralAsia from Professor Catcheside’s family. A detailed description of the scientific contributions of Professor Catcheside can be found at the Australian Academy of Science website.


Genetics Society of AustralAsia Award for Excellence in Education

2020 Richard Edwards
2019 Not awarded
2018 Jenny Donald
2017 Jaime Gongora
2016 Dawn Gleeson

The Genetics Society of AustralAsia Award for Excellence in Education has been established by the Genetics Society of AustralAsia to recognise an individual who has made outstanding contributions to genetics education in AustralAsia. Candidates must be at least five years post the awarding of their PhD.


Spencer Smith-White Travel Award

2020 Katarina Stuart
2019 Sonu Yadav
2018 Joshua Li and Dan Selechnik
2017 Isobel Ronai
2016 Joshua Penalba and Isobel Ronai
2015 Florencia Camus
2014 Chelsie Rohrscheib
2013 Not awarded
2012 Jennifer Morrow
2011 Shannon Smith
2010 Kerensa McElroy
2009 Angelique Riepsamen
2008 Anna Sheppard
2007 Timothy Hore
2005 Melinda Pickup
2004 Julia Jones

The Spencer Smith-White Travel Prize is granted annually to assist PhD students who are members of GSA to attend the annual conference. The GSA committee may elect to offer more than one award in a given year.

Spencer ‘Spinny’ Smith-White was a founding member of the Genetics Society of AustralAsia. Spinny was a Professor of Genetics at School of Biological Sciences at Sydney University. His work was in the field of cytogenetics. Spinny was a strong supporter of the Society and student participation in it.


The Mayo Prize for best student presentation


2020 Not awarded
2019 Elspeth McLennan and Jack Scanlan
2018 Olga Zaytseva
2017 Catriona Campbell
2016 Nicky Rollings
2015 Nicky Rollings
2014 Isobel Ronai
2013 Ryan Catchpole
2012 Yee Lian Chew
2010 Shannon Smith
2009 Andrew Lloyd
2008 Camilla Whittington

The prize is named for George and Jean Mayo, prominent Australian geneticists who were founding members of the first genetics department in Australia, at the University of Adelaide. Jean Mayo was also President of the Genetics Society of Australia from 1979-80.

The Mayo Prize is awarded annually for the best student talk at each year’s GSA conference.


The Sidney James Prize for best student poster


2020 Not awarded
2019 Laura Cook
2018 Jason Ji
2017 Sarada Ketharnathan
2016 Sally Mortlock

The prize is named for Sidney James, who was for many years the sole geneticist at UWA, working on plant population cytogenetics in the Botany School. Sid passed away in 1998. Several articles appeared later that summarise his important contributions to Australasian genetics (James 2000 Aust J Bot 48, 341-347; Bussell et al., 2002 Evolution 56, 1296-1302).

The Sidney James Prize is awarded annually for the best student poster at each year’s GSA conference.