Director of the Environmental Sciences Institute, Florida A&M University
Henry N. Williams, Director and professor at the Environmental Sciences Institute (ESI) at FAMU began his career at the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) Dental School as a laboratory scientist in 1967. While working, he attended graduate school at the campus and earned the Masters (1972) and Doctorate (1979) degrees. He went to Washington as the American Society for Microbiology Congressional Science Fellow in 1980, returned to the Dental School as an Assistant Professor of Microbiology in 1981 and subsequently advanced through the ranks to Professor. In 1998, he co-chaired the ASM Minority Task Force which submitted in 1998 a comprehensive report on the status of minority microbiologists within the Society. Williams has served on grant review panels at the NSF and the National Institutes of Health and as a reviewer for several journals. Williams’ research group is an international leader in studies on the predatory group of bacteria, the ''Bdellovibrionaceae'', and the microbiological quality of dental unit water. His group has published over 100 papers and abstracts collectively in scientific journals and meeting abstracts. He is the author of a book chapter entitled "Ecology of the Predatory ''Bdellovibrio'' and Like Organisms" in ''Microbiology Monographs: Predatory Prokaryotes - Biology, Ecology and Evolution'', published in November of 2006.