Abigail Salyers: An almost unbeatable force

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Abigail Salyers is arguably the mother of the microbiome: the revolutionary science that acknowledges the impact of our microbial ecosystems on human health. What inspired her to venture with indefatigable drive into the dark, inhospitable, anaerobic world of the human gut? To spend years of her life developing genetic tools for a nonmodel bacterium we now know makes up one-quarter of the cells in the human gut? To fight to make microbiology relevant and accessible in the medical curriculum? To "promote the cause of microbiology as THE biological discipline of the coming decades"? This chapter explores the life and career of Abigail and features reflections from some of the many individuals whom she mentored and inspired.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationWomen in Microbiology
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9781683670575
ISBN (Print)9781555819538
StatePublished - Apr 10 2018


  • Abigail Salyers
  • Bacteroides
  • Microbiology
  • Microbiome research
  • University of Illinois
  • Women scientists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Arts and Humanities(all)


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