Lab News

Wai-Leung Ng Awarded K22 Career Award

Wai-Leung NgDr. Wai-Leung Ng, a postdoctoral fellow in the Bassler lab, was awarded the K22 career award for this project Signal Transduction in the Major Quorum-Sensing Circuit of Vibrio cholera.

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Faculty Award: Bassler to receive L'Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Award

Bonnie Bassler and Unesco/Loreal Award

Princeton University professor Bonnie Bassler was among five scientists worldwide selected to receive the 2012 For Women in Science Award presented by UNESCO and cosmetics company L'Oréal. The award, now in its 14th year, recognizes women whose work promotes the advancement of science. Bassler and her fellow honorees will receive their awards and a prize of $100,000 during a March 22 ceremony at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris.

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Obama to nominate Princeton's Bassler for National Science Board

Bonnie Bassler

President Barack Obama will nominate Princeton University molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler to serve as a member of the National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation, the major source of federal funding for scientific research.

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Bacteria and the power of teamwork

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How do simple bugs thrive? It's all about quorum-sensing. Tess Shellard, in her winning essay for the Wellcome Trust Science Writing Prize, explains.

Imagine for a moment that we all have one firework and our sole purpose is simply to light it. With just one trick to last a lifetime, how would you use it? Setting it off randomly would achieve very little; few would even see it. But if you took a lesson from bacteria you would gather together to light them all at once, and illuminate the whole sky.

 

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Bassler Wins Lounsbery Award

The National Academy of Sciences announced that Bonnie L. Bassler is the recipient of the Richard Lounsbery Award. Bassler is being honored for her pioneering discoveries of the universal use of chemical communication among bacteria and the elucidation of structural and regulatory mechanisms controlling bacterial assemblies.

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