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Princeton University’s Bonnie Bassler, Pioneer Biologist, to Receive NJ Chamber’s Alice H. Parker Women Leaders in Innovation Award

PrincetonPrinceton, NJ, July 24, 2016 ― Dr. Bonnie Bassler, whose work at Princeton University is changing the face of medicine and laying the groundwork for new antibiotics, will receive the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce’s second annual Alice H. Parker Women Leaders in Innovation Award, the N.J. Chamber announced today.

Bassler, who is Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology and Chair of Princeton University’s Department of Molecular Biology, will receive the award on Sept. 22 at an evening reception and ceremony at the National Conference Center in East Windsor.

Bassler, who also is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, and her associates discovered that bacteria “talk” with one another through a chemical process called “quorum sensing.” Bacteria use quorum sensing to coordinate their invasions of plants, animals and people.

Bassler’s research into how quorum sensing works and how to interfere with it is laying the groundwork for new generations of antibiotics.

“The importance of Bonnie’s work cannot be overestimated as medical professionals report more and more strains of bacteria becoming resistant to current antibiotics,” said Tom Bracken, president and CEO of the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce.  “Bonnie’s work is crucial to the medical field and equally important in ensuring New Jersey remains a leader in medical research.”

Dr. Bassler’s Honors:

  • Richard Lounsbery Award, the National Academy of Sciences and French Academy of Sciences “for extraordinary achievement in science and medicine”
  • Laureate for North America, L’Oréal-UNESCO for Women in Science Awards
  • Wiley Prize in Biomedical Science recognizing breakthrough research
  • Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine
  • Awardee, MacArthur Fellowship
  • Member, National Academy of Sciences
  • Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
  • Fellow, Royal Society of London for Improving Natural Knowledge

Last year, the inaugural Alice H. Parker Women Leaders in Innovation Award was presented to former Bell Labs theoretical physicist and former Rutgers professor Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, now president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI).

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About the Alice H. Parker Women Leaders in Innovation Award

The Alice H. Parker Women Leaders in Innovation Award was created by the N.J. Chamber of Commerce to recognize and celebrate the contributions of women to the rich legacy of innovation in New Jersey.

The N.J. Chamber named the award after African-American Alice H. Parker, a long overdue acknowledgement of the Morristown resident’s significant contributions. In 1911, Parker, despite no formal training or expertise, earned a patent for a “natural gas-fueled, new and improved heating furnace,” the blueprint for the forced-air, thermostat-controlled home heating systems used everywhere today.

Other than this patent, little is known about Parker’s life. Howard University confirmed that she was a student there, that she took classes with honors, and earned a certificate from its academy in 1910. The North Jersey History and Genealogical Society has a thin file containing not much more than the copy of her patent, which states she lived in Morristown.

About the New Jersey Chamber of Commerce

The New Jersey Chamber of Commerce is a business advocacy organization that represents its members on a wide range of business and education issues. Based in Trenton, the organization also links the state’s local and regional chambers on issues of importance through its grassroots legislative network.