Dr. Bonnie Bassler Becomes ASM President

CONTACT:  Jim Sliwa 


WASHINGTON, DC – July 1, 2010 -- Bonnie L. Bassler, Ph.D., Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology, Endowed Chair at Princeton University, today assumes the presidency of the American Society for Microbiology (ASM). She was elected in 2009 and has served as president-elect for the past year. She will serve as president of the Society for a 1-year term.
Bassler received her Ph.D. in biochemistry from The Johns Hopkins University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Agouron Institute in La Jolla, California, before joining the faculty at Princeton where she is also Director for Diversity in the Sciences, Director of the Council of Science and Technology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator.
The research in Bassler’s laboratory focuses on the molecular mechanisms that bacteria use for intercellular communication. Her goal is to understand how bacteria detect multiple environmental cues, and how the integration and processing of this information results in the precise regulation of gene expression.
A member of ASM for over 25 years, Bassler is also a Fellow of the American Academy of Microbiology and a member of the National Academy of Sciences. She also currently serves on the editorial board of one of ASM’s most prestigious journals, the Journal of Bacteriology.
Bassler is a recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (also known as the Genius Award) and one of ASM’s most important awards, the Eli Lilly and Company Research Award. 
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The American Society for Microbiology is the largest single life science society, composed of over 40,000 scientists and health professionals. Its mission is to promote research and research training in the microbiological sciences and to assist communication between scientists, policy makers, and the public to improve health, the environment, and economic well-being.