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

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

Evelyn M. Witkin (Image credit: Nick Romanenko)

Dr. Evelyn Witkin is a pioneering researcher in bacterial molecular genetics. She opened pathways for women in the biological sciences, and her work has had a significant impact on the study of biochemical research, and genetics. She discovered the transcription repair coupling factor, Mfd, in 1973. She then co-discovered inducible DNA repair ("SOS repair") in 1975. She was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 1977 at the time she was one of the few women elected to the Academy. She was selected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (1978). She was named Barbara McClintock Professor of Genetics in 1979. She was selected as both a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology in 1980. She continued trailblazing as one of the first female lab directors to join the Waksman Institute (1983).

Dr. Witkin is recognized as a world-renowned scientist earning the nation's highest honors and awards: Thomas Hunt Morgan Medal for Genetics (2000); Presidential National Medal of Science (2002); Wiley Prize in Biomedical Science (2015); and Lasker Prize in Basic Medical Research (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 building to be named the "Evelyn M. Witkin Laboratory."

Virtual Symposium Details
Attendance is free and open to all but space is limited. Pre-registration is requested until April 12, 2021.


Event Agenda

10:00 - 10:15 am

Richard H. Ebright (Rutgers, Waksman Institute)

Session 1: DNA Repair

10:15 - 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 am

Susan Rosenberg (Baylor)

12:15 - 12:30 am


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)

Session 3: Bacterial Genetics

03:00 - 03:15 pm

Chair: Susan Rosenberg (Baylor)

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)

Building Dedication (tentative)