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Bonnie Bassler

Bonnie Bassler
Born 1962 (age 53–54)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Nationality American
Institutions Princeton University
Alma mater University of California, Davis
Johns Hopkins University
Known for Quorum sensing
Notable awards Wiley Prize in Biomedical Science (2009)
Richard Lounsbery Award (2011)
Shaw Prize (2015)
Fellow of the Royal Society[1]

Bonnie Lynn Bassler (born 1962)[2] is an American molecular biologist. She has been a professor at Princeton University since 1994. In 2002, she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship.[3]


  • Life 1
  • Honors and awards 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


Born in Chicago and raised in Danville, California,[4] Bassler received a Bachelor of Science in biochemistry from the University of California, Davis and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University.[5] She made key insights into the mechanism by which bacteria communicate,[6] known as quorum sensing.

Honors and awards

Bassler was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2006.[4] She was elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007.[2] In 2008, she received a special recognition from the World Cultural Council.[7]

Bassler has been nominated by the American Society for Microbiology to be one of the USA Science and Engineering Festival's Nifty Fifty Speakers who will speak about her work and career to middle and high school students in October 2010.[8] The Nifty Fifty is a collection of the most influential scientists and engineers in the United States, that are dedicated to reinvigorating the interest of young people in science and engineering.[9]

Bonnie Bassler was named 2012 L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards Laureate for North America.[10] In 2015 she and Everett Peter Greenberg of the University of Washington were awarded the Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine "for their discovery of quorum sensing, a process whereby bacteria communicate with each other and which offers innovative ways to interfere with bacterial pathogens or to modulate the microbiome for health applications."[11]


  1. ^ Staff. "Professor Bonnie L. Bassler ForMemRS".  
  2. ^ a b "Book of Members, 1780-2010: Chapter B" (PDF). American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Retrieved May 20, 2011. 
  3. ^
  4. ^ a b Ahmed, F. (2008). "Profile of Bonnie L. Bassler". Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105 (13): 4969–4971.  
  5. ^ "Bonnie L. Bassler, Ph.D.". Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Retrieved May 20, 2011. 
  6. ^ Schauder, S.; Bassler, B. L. (2001). "The languages of bacteria". Genes & Development 15 (12): 1468.  
  7. ^ "Special Recognitions 2008".  
  8. ^ "The Nifty Fifty (times 2)".  
  9. ^ USA Science & Engineering Festival's Nifty Fifty
  10. ^
  11. ^ "Shaw Laureates in 2015 in Life Science and Medicine: Announcement and Citation". Shaw Prize Foundation. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 

External links

  • Princeton University faculty webpage
  • A Biologist's Listening Guide to Bacteria - All Things Considered interview
  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute biography
  • Profile: Bonnie BasslerScience NowNova
  • Bonnie Bassler at TED
    • TED Talk: How bacteria "talk" (TED2009)
  • Bonnie Bassler seminar: Cell-Cell Communication
  • Bonnie Bassler online talk: Tiny Conspiracies
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