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Bonnie Bassler

Bonnie Bassler, Ph.D.

Bonnie Bassler is the Squibb Professor in molecular biology and chair of the department of molecular biology at Princeton University. She is also a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Her laboratory focuses on the molecular mechanisms that bacteria use for intercellular communication, known as quorum sensing. This work is paving the way to the development of novel therapies for combating bacteria by disrupting quorum-sensing-mediated communication. In addition to her research, Bassler is a passionate advocate for diversity in the sciences and is actively committed to educating lay people in science.

Bassler is the recipient of numerous honors and awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the American Society for Microbiology’s Eli Lilly Investigator Award, Princeton University’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching, the Wiley Prize in Biomedical Sciences, the National Academy of Sciences’s Richard Lounsbery Award, L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award, Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine, and the Pearl Meister Greengard Prize. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Microbiology, the Royal Society, and the American Philosophical Society, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Bassler has served as the president of the American Society for Microbiology and chair of the American Academy of Microbiology Board of Governors.

Bassler received a B.S. in biochemistry from the University of California at Davis and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Johns Hopkins University.

March 2018