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Abigail Salyers, World Renowned Scientist (1942-2013)


Abigail Salyers, the first female tenured professor in microbiology at the University of Illinois (1983) and full professor (1988), died on November 6, 2013, in Urbana at the age of 70. She was a gifted and committed professor who taught classes in both the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences and the University of Illinois Medical School.

During her 40-year career, Salyers revolutionized how we think about the bacteria that live in the human intestinal tract, helped design antibiotics, and provided the voice of reason in discussions on bioterrorism, transgenic plant safety, and antibiotic resistance in medicine.

Winter 2014