January 2012

Bassler receives L'Oreal-UNESCO award

Bassler_portraitPrinceton University’s Bonnie Bassler, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator and National Science Board nominee, recently was lauded as the L’Oreal-UNESCO laureate for North America. Five female scientists, each from a different global region, are chosen yearly, based on their contributions to science. Bassler’s work on quorum sensing, or group communication among bacteria so that they function as an entity, has opened up research into how chronic infections and bacteria-based biofilms may be thwarted.

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