Dr. Selman Waksman made significant contributions to society and to Rutgers. In 1944, his team discovered several "antibiotics." In 1951, from the royalties of their patents he created the Waksman Foundation for Microbiology and funded the construction of the Institute of Microbiology on Rutgers, Busch Campus in Piscataway, NJ. In 1952, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Medicine. In 1973, the Institute was renamed in Dr. Waksman's honor following his death. In 1985, the American Chemical Society (ACS) named Waksman Institute as a National Historic Chemical Landmark.
Although the Institute focuses on basic questions in microbial, animal, and plant research, it continues to engage in extensive technology transfer of its basic discoveries. Core Facilities provide scientists with access to state-of-the-art instrumentation and technology with which to expand and attain their research endeavors. High quality services are offered to both internal and external clients are available to scientists interested in the specific areas of expertise available in the facilities.
Our Faculty hold joint appointments in several academic departments at Rutgers University including:
- Molecular Biology and Biochemistry
- Chemistry and Chemical Biology
- Plant Biology and Pathology
Waksman takes an active role in supporting the educational mission of Rutgers University through the teaching and training of students at the undergraduate, graduate and high school levels.
The Institute is supported by its endowment, research grants, gifts from private foundations and individuals, and the State of New Jersey. Gifts help us provide valuable resources to enhance research initiatives: assist in attracting top faculty, increase funding opportunities for student researchers, and support for the Institute's operational needs.
What to Support
Waksman Research Fund
Research Opportunities - Seminars and Academic Innovation
In contribution of our direct operating budget, your support enables the Institute to host lecturers and speakers from leading research institutions, to meet the immediate academic needs of faculty and to create pathways that foster and inspire innovation.
Endowed Chairs and Professorships
Chairs Molecular Genetics and Plant Molecular Genetics
The highest honor the university can bestow upon faculty, endowed chairs enable Waksman Institute to compete for scholars who are in high demand around the country and the world.
- Selman Waksman Endowed Chair of Molecular Genetics
- Joachim Messing Endowed Chair of Plant Molecular Genetics
Waksman Student Scholars Program (WSSP)
Provides authentic research in microbiology and bioinformatics opportunities for local high school students and their biology teachers. By actually doing science, students gain an understanding of how science operates and are encouraged to continue their education and careers in a science discipline. A video of an overview of the WSSP can be found here.
Waksman Research Fellowships
Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship
Stipend for mentored research projects during the summer.
Predoctoral Fellowship & Postdoctoral Fellowship
Funding opportunities for predoctoral candidates up to a maximum of four years, and postdoctoral applicants up to one year.
Applicants are evaluated by faculty committee.