Biotechnology and Plant Agriculture

Biotechnology and Plant Agriculture


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(Abstract taken from the 1990-91 DSLS Program).

Formerly Vilas Research Professor of Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and founder and Vice President of Research and Development of the Agracetus Corporation of Middleton, Wisconsin, Dr. Brill has recently formed a new company. Winston J. Brill & Associates, to assist corporations in improving research productivity and creativity.

Dr. Brill was born in London, received his B.A. from Rutgers University in 1981, and earned his Ph.D. in microbiology at the University of Illinois, Urbana, in 1965. After obtaining his doctorate, he was involved in research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology from 1965 to 1967 as a National Institute of Health Postdoctoral Fellow. Dr. Brill was then appointed assistant professor of bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where he served as associate professor full professor and Vilas Research Professor. He is currently an adjunct professor in the Department of Bacteriology.

In 1981 Dr. Brill founded the Agracetus Corporation, and served as its vice president and director of research until 1989. He has also served on the National Institute of Health Recombinant DNA Advisory Committee I1973—1983), the Genetic Engineering Advisory Panel to the U.S. Secretary of State (19811, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture P0licy Advising Committee (1985—present).

Dr. Brill has received numerous honors, including the Eli Lilly Award in Microbiology and Immunology and the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation Award, both in 1979. He was elected t0 the National Academy of Sciences

His work: Dr. Brill is a leader in the area of agricultural applications of biotechnology with approximately 160 publications, one patent, and two patents pending in the field. He has served on numerous committees aimed at evaluating the safety and effectiveness of genetic engineering in plants. His own research focuses on the use of genetic engineering to understand and to manipulate the process of nitrogen fixation in plants.



Creation Date

November 17, 1990

Biotechnology and Plant Agriculture