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

1995
James E. Darnell, Jr.
Rockefeller University

1996
Jonathan Beckwith
Harvard University

1997
Timothy A. Springer
Harvard Medical School

1998
Hidde Ploegh
Harvard Medical School

1999
Charles A. Janeway, Jr.
Yale University Medical School

2000
R. John Collier
Harvard Medical School

2001
Ralph M. Steinman
Rockefeller University

2002
Pamela J. Bjorkman
California Institute of Technology

2003
Daniel A. Portnoy
University of California, Berkeley

2004
Martin Gellert
National Institutes of Health

2005
Bonnie Bassler
Princeton University

2006
Laurie Glimcher
Harvard University

2007
Carl Nathan
Weill Medical College

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

2009
Rulsan Medzhitov
Yale University

2010
Jorge E. Galan, Ph.D
Yale University

2011
Mark J. Shlomchik, Ph.D
Yale University

2012
John Boothroyd, Ph.D
Stanford School of Medicine

2013

2014
Jenny Ting, Ph.D
University of North Carolina School of Medicine

2015

Jeffrey Weiser, Ph.D.

New York University

Langone Medical Center

2016

Diane Mathis, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

2017

Ajit Varki. Ph.D.

University of California-San Diego

2018

Yasmine Belkaid, Ph.D.

NIH - NIAID

2019

Kate A. Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

University of Massachusetts Medical School

 

 

2015-2016

No lecture

2015-2016

Jeffrey Weiser, M.D.

New York University - Langone Mecidal Center

2016-2017

Diane Mathis, Ph.D.

Harvard Medical School

2017-2018

Ajit Varki, M.D., Ph.D.

University of California - San Diego