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Thomas S. Whittam Memorial Symposium

November 2, 2018, 12:30-5:30 pm
in the Molecular Plant Sciences building
at Michigan State University


Dr. Vincent Young, a Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at University of Michigan, will present the Whittam Memorial Lecture followed by short talks by former Whittam trainees that highlight their current research and Dr. Whittam’s impact. Former trainees include: Drs. Galeb Abu-Ali (Harvard University), Teresa Bergholz (North Dakota State University), Sivapriya Kailasan Vanaja (UCONN Health Center), David Lacher (FDA), Shannon Manning (MSU), James Riordan (University of South Florida), Seth Walk (Montana State University), and Ben Whittam (Indiana University School of Medicine).

A poster session will follow the series of talks. Researchers studying any aspect of evolution, ecology, pathogenesis, food safety, or epidemiology are particularly encouraged to register and present their work. Posters that have been presented elsewhere are welcome. 

Please register for this event here and share this notice with your colleagues and friends. Contact Shannon Manning ( or Katie Conley ( with any questions.

Dr. Thomas S. Whittam was a Hannah Distinguished Professor at Michigan State University when he sadly passed away on December 5th, 2008 at the age of 54. A renowned expert in bacterial evolution, he served as a mentor to countless undergraduate and graduate students and was a life-long teacher and friend.

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