Joan Wood Lecture – Wed., September 11

Department of Biology Undergraduates:


Margaret McFall-Ngai, Ph.D., Professor of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, at the University of Wisconsin-Madison visits Indiana University’s Bloomington campus on Wednesday, September 11, 2013, to give the 31st Joan Wood Lecture at 4PM in Myers Hall 130. The title of her talk is “Adventures in pioneering a model system of symbiosis.”


Dr. McFall-Ngai  is a professor in the Department of Medical Microbiology and Immunology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research program has combined her training experiences in both organismal and molecular biology, resulting in the development of two major focuses: 1) host-bacterial symbiosis; and, 2) the ‘design’ of tissues that interact with light. The experimental strategy for both areas of research relies on methods that have emerged from the study of the squid-vibrio symbiotic association over the past 20 years. In addition, she has had a longstanding interest in the history and development of the field of microbial symbiosis and its impact on biology. A focused effort in this area promises to drive an unprecedented integration across biology as a whole, and will revolutionize the way we think about all aspects of the biosphere.


The Joan Wood Lecture Series provides a forum for undergraduates and graduate students to interact with women in science-related careers. Designed to encourage undergraduate women to pursue advanced degrees in science, the series showcases the many career opportunities available to science majors.

Many thanks!


The Joan Wood Lecture Committee

  • Dr. Yves Brun
  • Dr. Laura Hurley
  • Kathy Wyss