Microbiologist Bonnie Bassler awarded 2023 Albany Prize

Written by
Liz Fuller-Wright, Office of Communications
Oct. 13, 2023

Bonnie Bassler has been awarded the 2023 Albany Medical Center Prize in Medicine and Biomedical Research. Bassler shares the prize with Jeffrey I. Gordon of the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, and Dennis L. Kasper of Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital.

The award recognized the three as “scientists whose research has advanced the study and understanding of microbiomes and bacteria and how they communicate in the body and cause or prevent disease.”

“I am grateful to and proud of the many scientists who have come through my lab to go on this scientific adventure with me,” said Bassler, who is Princeton’s Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology, chair of the department and an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. “It has been a privilege and thrilling to work with the team as they try to change the perception of bacteria from being thought of as asocial loners to being considered sophisticated interacting organisms that, by acting as collectives, can have a profound influence on nature, health and disease.”