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Dr. Bassler is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. The research in her laboratory focuses on the molecular mechanisms that bacteria use for intercellular communication, a process called quorum sensing.
Dr. Bassler chairs Princeton University’s Council on Science and Technology, she is the Director of Graduate Studies in the Molecular Biology Department, and she teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses.
Dr. Bassler was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2002. She was elected to the American Academy of Microbiology in 2002 and made a fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science in 2004. She was given the 2003 Theobald Smith Society Waksman Award and she is the 2006 recipient of the American Society for Microbiology’s Eli Lilly Investigator Award for fundamental contributions to microbiological research. In 2008, Dr. Bassler was given Princeton University’s President’s Award for Distinguished Teaching.
Dr. Bassler is an editor for Molecular Microbiology and Annual Reviews of Genetics, and she is an associate editor for the Journal of Bacteriology. Among other duties, she serves on grant, fellowship, and award review panels for the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, American Society for Microbiology, American Academy of Microbiology, Keck Foundation, Burroughs Wellcome Trust, Helen Hay Whitney Foundation, and the Max Planck Society.
She received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Davis and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Johns Hopkins University.