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Jenefir Diane Wilkinson Isbister

Jenefir Diane Wilkinson Isbister, American microbiologist, researcher, educator, consultant. Virginia-Carolina Chemical Corporation scholar, 1953; recipient Congressional High Technical award Congressional Caucus for Science and Technology, 1985.


  • Isbister, Jenefir Diane Wilkinson was born on June 4, 1936 in Rahway, New Jersey, United States. Daughter of Edwin Guy and Alvira Marie (Andrews) Wilkinson.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, Newberry College, South Carolina, 1957. Master of Science in Medical Technology, Jefferson Medical School, Philadelphia, 1958. Doctor of Philosophy in Microbiology, University Maryland, 1977.


    • Medical technologist Princeton (New Jersey) Hospital, 1958-1960. Instructor medical technical school George Washington University, Washington, 1960-1962, research assistant, 1976-1977. Research microbiologist Environmental Biospherics, Inc., Rockville, 1978-1980.

      Group leader environmental microbiology department Atlantic Research Corporation, Alexandria, Virginia, 1980-1989. Private practice consultant microbiologist Potomac, Maryland, since 1989. Senior technical advisor ARCTECH, Inc., Chantilly, Virginia, 1989-1992.

      Adjunct professor George Mason University, 1988-1992, research professor, 1992—2007, professor emeritus since 2007. Consultant Orkand Corporation, Silver Spring, Maryland, 1979-1980, United States Department of Energy, Pittsburgh, 1988-1989. Consultant Advancis Pharmaceutical, Gaithersburg, Maryland, since 2001, member science advisory board, since 2003, consultant Ciris Energy Centennial, Co, since 2008.


    • Contributor to book, articles to professional journals.


    Denomination: Episcopalian


    Science fair judge Montgomery and Fairfax County Schools, Maryland and Virginia, since 1975. Board directors Bedford (Pennsylvania) Springs Music Festival, 1984-1989. Member American Society for Testing and Materials (vice chair 1983-1992, 99-2002), American Society for Microbiology, American Society for Clinical Pathologists, Cosmos Club, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Sigma, Chi Beta Phi.



    Reading, music, tennis, restoring old houses and furniture.


    • Married James David Isbister, July 23, 1960. Children: Wendy Jill Isbister Kalavritinos, Kirstin Ann Isbister Hammond.
    • father: Edwin Guy Wilkinson
    • mother: Alvira Marie (Andrews) Wilkinson
    • spouse: James David Isbister
    • children: Wendy Jill Isbister Kalavritinos Isbister
    • Kirstin Ann Isbister Hammond Isbister
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    • 1957
      Newberry College
    • 1958
      Jefferson Medical School
    • 1977
      University Maryland
    • 1958 - 1960
      Medical technologist Princeton (New Jersey) Hospital
    • 1960 - 1962
      instructor, medical technical school George Washington University
      Washington, United States
    • 1978 - 1980
      research microbiologist, Environmental Biospherics
      Rockville, Maryland, United States
    • 1980 - 1989
      group leader, environmental microbiology department Atlantic Research Corporation
      Alexandria, Al Iskandariyah, Egypt
    • 1989
      private practice, consultant microbiologist Potomac
      Maryland, United States
    • 1989 - 1992
      senior, technical advisor ARCTECH
      Chantilly, Virginia, United States
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