Biographical Note of Professor Bonnie BASSLER

Professor Bonnie L Bassler is a member of the US National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Squibb Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Her research focuses on the molecular mechanisms bacteria use for intercellular communication. This process is called quorum sensing. Professor Bassler’s discoveries are paving the way to the development of novel therapies for combating bacteria by disrupting quorum-sensing-mediated communication. She received the Shaw Prize in Life Sciences and Medicine in 2015. Professor Bassler is a member of the Royal Society and the American Philosophical Society. She served on the National Science Board from 2010–2016 and was nominated to that position by President Barack Obama. The Board oversees the NSF and prioritizes the nation’s research and educational activities in science, math and engineering.