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Sergio Borunda
Undergraduate Student
Juliana Vasquez
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Jingjing Wang
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Bonnie L. Bassler
Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator
Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology
Professor and Chair of Molecular Biology
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329 Thomas Laboratory

Bonnie Bassler is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Squibb Professor and Chair of the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Bassler received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the…

Grace Beggs
Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interest: Bacteria communicate with one another to participate in group behaviors via quorum sensing (QS); these behaviors are dependent on the concentration of autoinducers, which are molecules produced and detected by neighboring bacteria. Recently, the Bassler laboratory found that a vibriophage encodes QS system…

Michael Bunsick
Postdoctoral Fellow
Hasreet Gill
Postdoctoral Fellow
Grace Johnson
Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interest: Quorum sensing is the cell-cell communication process that bacteria use to assess the cell density and species composition of the local environment and coordinate collective behaviors. One quorum-sensing-controlled behavior is the development of spatially-structured, surface-attached bacterial communities called…

Thu Vu Phuc Nguyen
Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interest: I am a researcher in microbiology and biophysics, seeking to formulate a quantitative narrative of the interactions between bacteria and their viruses (known as phages). While our understanding of bacteria and phages is extensive, we still lack mathematical models with high predictive power—akin to those in the…

Frank Santoriello
Postdoctoral Fellow

Research interest: Bacterial cells communicate and orchestrate collective behaviors through quorum sensing (QS), a process that relies on the production, release, and group-wide detection of extracellular signaling molecules called autoinducers. QS allows individual cells to engage in and coordinate group behaviors like virulence…

Emilee Shine
Postdoctoral Fellow

Research Interest: Quorum Sensing (QS) links collective group behaviors directly to cell density through the production and secretion of soluble autoinducers (AI).  Detailed studies of multiple QS systems have demonstrated the broad chemical diversity of bacterial AIs, including acyl-homo-serine-lactones (e.g. 3OC12-HSL in…

Justin Silpe
Postdoctoral Fellow
Research Interest: The viruses that prey on bacteria, called bacteriophages (or phages), have profound effects across the biosphere. In humans, bacteria harboring specific phages are the etiological agents of multiple life-threatening diseases. For example, Corynebacterium diphtheriae, when infected with phage Beta and present in human…
Delaney Lacey
Graduate Student

Research interest: Quorum sensing (QS) is a cell-to-cell communication system in which bacteria synthesize, release, and detect extracellular signals called autoinducers. Autoinducers (AI) accumulate in proportion to cell density. This allows bacteria to monitor changes in their cell numbers and collectively alter gene expression…

Aurora Joblon
Graduate Student

Research interest: I am a graduate student investigating the intricate molecular mechanisms driving quorum sensing (QS), a sophisticated bacterial communication network that orchestrates collective behaviors. My research aims to understand the interplay between QS molecules, to identify key players in QS across different…