Waksman Institute of Microbiology

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Sign at the side entrance of the Waksman Institute

The Waksman Institute of Microbiology is a research facility on the Busch Campus of Rutgers University. It is named after Selman Waksman, who was a faculty member who won the Nobel Prize for Medicine in 1952 for research which led to the discovery of streptomycin. 18 antibiotics were isolated in Waksman's laboratory. Streptomycin and neomycin, and actinomycin, were commercialized.

The current director of the Institute is Professor Joachim Messing.


  • New York Times; Thursday, May 23, 1974; Waksman Institute Marks Two Decades of Research; Royalties Running Out. A group of scientists who hope to help solve some of the world's biggest problems through control of its smallest living organisms celebrated the 20th anniversary of their combined effort this week.