Symposium Celebrating 100th Birthday and Research Accomplishments of Dr. Evelyn M. Witkin

Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 10:00AM - 05:00PM EDT| Virtual Symposium via Zoom

Evelyn M. Witkin (Image credit: Nick Romanenko)

Evelyn Witkin was a Rutgers University Professor from 1971-1991, a Waksman Institute Laboratory Director from 1983-1991, and she has been a Rutgers and Waksman emerita scientist from 1992 through the present. She performed high-impact research in bacterial molecular genetics and was a pioneer who opened pathways for women in the biological sciences.  She discovered the transcription repair coupling factor, Mfd, in 1973, and she discovered inducible DNA repair ("SOS repair") in 1975.  She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1977, and she was awarded the Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for Genetics in 2000, the National Medal of Science in 2002, the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Science in 2015, and the Lasker Prize in Basic Medical Research in 2015.

Please join us in celebration of Dr. Witkin's centennial year and landmark discoveries as we host a public symposium and dedication of our new research laboratory to be named the "Evelyn M. Witkin Laboratory."

Virtual Symposium Details

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Attendance is free and open to all. Space is limited. Registration will remain open until April 12, 2021.


Event Agenda


10:00 - 10:15 am

Event Organizer: Richard H. Ebright (Rutgers, Waksman Institute)

10:15 - 10:20 am

University President: Jonathan Holloway (Rutgers)

10:20 - 10:25 am

University Chancellor: Christopher Molloy (Rutgers)

10:25 - 10:30 am

University Senior Vice President for Research: Kathleen Scotto (Rutgers)

Session 1: DNA Repair

10:30 - 10:45 am

Chair: Houra Merrikh (Vanderbilt)

10:45 - 11:15 am

Stephen Elledge (Harvard)

11:15 - 11:45 am

Graham Walker (MIT)

11:45 - 12:15 pm

Susan Rosenberg (Baylor)

12:15 - 12:30 pm


Session 2: Transcription-Coupled DNA Repair

12:30 - 12:45 pm

Chair: Carol Gross (UCSF)

12:45 - 01:15 pm

Seth Darst (Rockefeller)

01:15 - 01:45 pm

Terence Strick (École Normale Supérieure)

01:45 - 02:15 pm

Nigel Savery (Bristol)

02:15 - 02:45 pm

Houra Merrikh (Vanderbilt)

02:45 - 03:00 pm


Session 3: Bacterial Genetics

03:00 - 03:15 pm

Chair: Joann Sweasy (University of Arizona)

03:15 - 03:45 pm

Carol Gross (UCSF)

03:45 - 04:15 pm

Srujana Samhita Yadavalii (Rutgers, Waksman Institute)

04:15 - 04:45 pm

Evelyn M. Witkin (Guest of Honor)

Laboratory Dedication

Support provided in part by the Rutgers University Office for Research