2020 Gruber Genetics Prize Citation

The Gruber Foundation proudly presents the 2020 Genetics Prize to Bonnie Bassler for her pioneering and ground-breaking discoveries illuminating the molecular language of bacterial communication through quorum sensing. She vastly expanded our understanding of the molecular, chemical and mechanistic signals that bacteria use to communicate not only within their own species, but also between species. Her work has greatly expanded our understanding of the microbial world, and opened up the possibility of modulating bacterial communication to treat human disease, and to manipulate the microbiome.