Panelist: Abigail Salyers, Ph.D.
Episodes in which Abigail Salyers, Ph.D. appears
Professor of Microbiology
University of Illinois
Abigail Salyers Ph.D. is a Professor of Microbiology at the University of Illinois (Urbana, IL), where she has conducted research and taught for over 20 years. Prof. Salyers earned her Ph.D. in Physics at the George Washington University (Washington, D.C.). After working as a physicist for nearly 10 years, she made the transition to microbiology by doing post-doctoral work at Virginia Polytechnic Institute (Blacksburg, VA). Prof. Salyers' research has focused on the bacteria that are normally found in the human intestinal tract, in particular the mechanisms by which these bacteria become resistant to antibiotics. She has published over 150 scientific papers and two textbooks. Prof. Salyers was co-director of the Microbial Diversity Summer Course at the Marine Biological Laboratory (Woods Hole, MA) from 1995-1999. She has provided expert testimony on genetically modified plants and antibiotic use in agriculture for a variety of regulatory agencies in Europe and the U.S. Prof. Salyers served as the President of the American Society for Microbiology in 2001-2002.