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The Willison Lectureship

In May of 1988, Frances Willison Bishop, Ph.D, established the "Dr. Clayton Willison and Emma Elizabeth Willison Fund" in memory of her parents, as a trust with the University of Michigan. The purpose of the fund is to "benefit the Department of Microbiology and Immunology for research in the cause, prevention, and control of disease and for honorariums for one guest lecture each year in the field of microbiology and immunology, which lectures shall be known as the Willison Lectureship."

Dr. Bishop was born in 1898, and received her B.A. degree from the University of Michigan, School of Literature, Science, and the Arts in 1921. She received her Ph.D degree from the University of Michigan Department of Microbiology in 1942. The title of her dissertation was "The Effect Produced In Vitro by Vitamin C on the Toxic and Antigenic Properties of Diphtheria Toxin". Dr. Bishop taught for 16 years at the University of Oklahoma. She passed away at the age of 95 in July of 1993.

 

Willison Lectures

1994-95
James E. Darnell, Jr.
Rockefeller University

1995-96
Jonathan Beckwith
Harvard University

1996-97
Timothy A. Springer
Harvard Medical School

1997-98
Hidde Ploegh
Harvard Medical School

1998-99
Charles A. Janeway, Jr.
Yale University Medical School

1999-00
R. John Collier
Harvard Medical School

2000-01
Ralph M. Steinman
Rockefeller University

2001-02
Pamela J. Bjorkman
California Institute of Technology

2002-03
Daniel A. Portnoy
University of California, Berkeley

2003-04
Martin Gellert
National Institutes of Health

2004-05
Bonnie Bassler
Princeton University

2006-07
Laurie Glimcher
Harvard University

2007-08
Carl Nathan
Weill Medical College

2008-09
Ron Germain
National Institute of Allergy and Infectous Diseases, NIH

2009-10
Rulsan Medzhitov
Yale University

2010-11
Jorge E. Galan, Ph.D
Yale University

2011-12
Mark J. Shlomchik, Ph.D
Yale University

2012-13
John Boothroyd, Ph.D
Stanford School of Medicine

2013-14
Jenny Ting, Ph.D
University of North Carolina School of Medicine