New Chair in Molecular Genetics

Waksman Director and University Professor of Molecular Biology, Joachim Messing, was officially appointed to the newly endowed Selman A. Waksman Chair in Molecular Genetics. Named for the late Selman Waksman, a 1915 Rutgers graduate; co-discoverer of streptomycin (the first antibiotic active against tuberculosis); professor of biochemistry and microbiology at Rutgers for four decades; and winner of the 1952 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the intent of this endowed chair is to support a member of the university faculty whose work focuses on molecular genetics at the Waksman Institute of Microbiology.