Bonnie L Bassler was born in 1962 in Chicago, USA and is currently the Squibb Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, USA. She obtained her Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry from the University of California, Davis in 1984 and her PhD in Biochemistry from Johns Hopkins University in 1990. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow and a Research Scientist in The Agouron Institute, La Jolla, California, 1990–1993 and 1993–1994, respectively. She then joined Princeton University, where in the Department of Molecular Biology she was successively Assistant Professor (1994–2000), Associate Professor (2000–2003) and Professor (2003–). She has been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and is a Foreign Member of the Royal Society of London.  

E Peter Greenberg was born in 1948 in New York City, USA and is currently Professor of Microbiology at the University of Washington. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Biology from Western Washington University in 1970, his Master’s degree in Microbiology from the University of Iowa and his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts. After a period of postdoctoral research at Harvard University, he joined the faculty at Cornell University and then the University of Iowa, before moving to the University of Washington in 2005. He has been elected to the US National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  


1 June 2015   Hong Kong