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educator , consultant , microbiologist , researcher

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.


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.


  • Other Work

    • Contributor to book, articles to professional journals.


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.


  • Other Interests

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


Married James David Isbister, July 23, 1960. Children: Wendy Jill Isbister Kalavritinos, Kirstin Ann Isbister Hammond.

Edwin Guy Wilkinson

Alvira Marie (Andrews) Wilkinson

James David Isbister

Wendy Jill Isbister Kalavritinos Isbister

Kirstin Ann Isbister Hammond Isbister