Departmental Seminar Series

The Department of Microbiology seminars are held from 4-5 p.m. on Thursdays in the Charles Miller Auditorium, B102, Chemical & Life Sciences Laboratory (CLSL).

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Abigail Salyers Distinguished Early Career Researcher Seminars

Abigail Salyers
Abigail Salyers

The Abigail Salyers Distinguished Early Career Researcher Seminar Series offers senior PhD students and postdoctoral fellows the opportunity to visit the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and present their research in the Department of Microbiology Seminar Series, either in person or virtually. Speakers will also have the opportunity to meet with faculty, postdocs, and students during their visit. Travel expenses will be covered and speakers will receive an honorarium. The department is committed to promoting an inclusive community that is open, just, and welcoming for all. We are accepting applications from trainees studying any aspect of the microbial sciences and are particularly interested in applications from members of historically marginalized groups.

About Abigail Salyers

Dr. Abigail Salyers started her career in academia with a PhD in physics, then transitioned to the field of microbiology and became the first tenured woman in the Department of Microbiology at UIUC in 1983. Dr. Salyers is regarded by many as the mother of microbiome research because of her steadfast dedication to studying and developing tools to manipulate organisms she often called “funny bugs” - anaerobic Bacteroides species - at a time when most microbiologists were focused on a few model organisms. She won many awards for her research, teaching, and mentoring, authored several books, and served as the president of the American Society for Microbiology during the U.S. anthrax crisis. Dr. Salyers was a trailblazer and inspired her trainees and colleagues with her vision and passionate promotion of microbiology and especially her drive to explore the frontiers of microbial diversity. We seek to honor her legacy by providing the next generation of microbiologists from diverse backgrounds with the opportunity to share their research and make professional connections.

Learn more about Dr. Salyers' life and legacy. 

Annual Microbiology Research Conference

2023 Microbiology Research Conference

For the 43rd annual 2023 Microbiology Research Conference, we are honored to have Dr. Jessica Kelliher as our keynote speaker.

See our schedule of events for
Friday, October 13, 2023, at the
Allerton Park & Retreat Center, Monticello, IL
2023 Microbiology Research Conference homepage

2022 Microbiology Research Conference

See details about the 42nd annual 2022 Microbiology Conference keynote speaker and a photo of participants.

2021 Microbiology Research Conference

The keynote speaker for the 41st annual 2021 Microbiology Research Conference was Dr. John E. Cronan, Jr. View a photo of participants.

2019 Microbiology Research Conference

See details about the 40th annual 2019 Microbiology Research Conference keynote speaker and a photo of participants.


Diane Tsevelekos
B103 Chem and Life Sciences Building (CLSL), MC-110
601 South Goodwin Avenue
Urbana, IL 61801