UW Madison College of Agricultural and Life Sciences: Pioneering Bacterial Genetics

© Photographed August 1, 2015
Erected April 2001 by UW Foundation
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Dane County, Wisconsin
43° 4.458′ N, 89° 24.632′ W
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University of Wisconsin Madison
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Geneticist Joshua Lederberg was the first University of Wisconsin faculty member to receive the Nobel Prize. His discovery of conjugation in bacterial cells was a milestone in biology and ushered in the new field of bacterial genetics. Soon, the genetics of the bacterium Escherichia coli became better understood than the genetics of all other organisms. Lederberg also discovered, with graduate student Norton Zinder, that a virus can carry genes from one bacterium to another through a process called "transduction." A man of wide knowledge and many scholarly interests, Lederberg later became president of Rockefeller University.
The marker is located in front of the Hector F. DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Building on southbound one-way Henry Mall, south of its intersection with Linden Drive, at 440 Henry Mall, Madison, Wisconsin 53706.

NOTE: There is no parking near the marker location. Driving around and parking at the UW-Madison campus is pretty intense. Be sure to check the Google Map (above) and campus maps (below) before heading out.

The marker is to the right of the stairs.

The marker is in front of the Hector F. DeLuca Biochemical Sciences Building.

The marker is located on the campus of UW-Madison.

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