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VIDEO OF THE WEEK: Bonnie Bassler discusses women in science

08/28/2008
Lauren Wool

Princeton molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler discusses topics ranging from her first science experiment to her research goals.

Princeton, NJ, Aug. 1—Princeton molecular biologist Bonnie Bassler discusses topics ranging from her first science experiment to her research goals in five videos posted earlier this month by Big Think, a web site devoted to video interviews and commentary.

The videos are part of a 10-week “Think Science Now” series. The project is sponsored by Pfizer and showcases one inspiring scientist each week.

In “Women in Science,” Bassler shares her view of the bench from a female perspective. Bassler says that Princeton’s “intellectual bottom line” has fostered a gender-neutral environment where women see much success, but she also speaks frankly about the challenges women of her generation face in juggling both a career and family. “I spend a lot of time thinking about how the next generation of women can have it all,” she says.

Bassler investigates quorum sensing, a chemical communication that occurs among bacteria to help dictate growth and coordinate multi-cell behaviors. She was featured in a 2007 BioTechniques Scientist Profile and more recently in a 2008 BioTechniques Weekly article about interpreting genetics through dance. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and Squibb Professor.