Dr. Jeff Williams had a long career in academic microbiology and infectious diseases, retiring after 27 years from his position as Professor of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University to found a biotechnology start-up, HaloSource Inc, in Seattle, WA in 1998. Author of over 200 scientific papers and textbook chapters , he served four years as a member of the Board of Counselors to the US-NIH Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, and has been a frequent consultant to the World Health Organisation of the UN in Geneva, Switzerland. Jeff was elected Fellow of the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in 1996, and served as retained consultant to first Merck Inc. (1980-82), then Pharmacia (now Pfizer Inc.) (1983-1999) on therapeutic drug discovery and development. He has a long standing interest in tropical infectious diseases, starting with his
appointment as staff scientist for WHO in Argentina 1968-71, and for 15 years directed a collaborative NIH-funded Program Project on Infectious Diseases in Sudan. He holds degrees in Veterinary Science (B.V.Sc., University of Bristol, UK, 1964), and Pathobiology (Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania, 1968), where he was a Fulbright Scholar (1964-68).