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Bonnie Bassler chosen North American Laureate for L'OREAL-UNESCO award ‎

The 2012 Laureate for North America is Professor Bonnie Bassler, Howard Hughes Medical Institute Principal Investigator, Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey. Professor Bassler is a world-renowned expert on how bacteria "talk" to each other using a chemical language in order to coordinate their behavior as a group. Professor Bassler was selected for her work in understanding chemical communication between bacteria and opening up new doors for treating infections.

"By understanding the process of how bacteria communicate with one another, enabling them to function as a unit, we are gaining new insight into the study of the spread of infectious disease," said Professor Bassler. "My hope is that by developing anti-bacterial therapies to interfere with the communication process, we will be better able to combat bacterial infections."

Professor Bassler earned a Ph.D in biochemistry from The Johns Hopkins University in 1990, and performed postdoctoral work in microbial genetics at the Agouran Institute in La Jolla, California. She joined the Princeton University faculty in 1994, and became a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator in 2005. A year later she was elected to the National Academy of Sciences and to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007. Professor Bassler is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the MacArthur Foundation and the American Society for Microbiology.

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