2014-15 Claritas Distinguished Visitor in the Sciences
Bonnie Bassler, Ph.D.
Monday, Oct. 6, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Stretansky Concert Hall
Lecture: "Tiny Conspiracies: Cell-to-Cell Communication in Bacteria"
Bonnie L. Bassler investigates the molecular mechanisms underlying how bacteria communicate with each other via quorum sensing. Bacterial behaviors controlled by this process are usually unproductive when undertaken by an individual bacterium but become effective when synchronized on a population-side scale. Examples include virulence, sporulation and the exchange of DNA, and Bassler's current research is focused on the development of therapies that interfere with quorum sensing in order to control bacterial pathogenicity.
Bassler is the Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is the recipient of numerous grants and awards. She was nominated by President Barack Obama to join the National Science Board to oversee the NSF and prioritize the nation's research and educational priorities in science, math and engineering.
Bassler received a bachelor of science in biochemistry from the University of California at Davis and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from the Johns Hopkins University.