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.