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EMBO Associate Member

Bonnie L. Bassler

Princeton University | United States

EMBO 2013

Cell-to-cell communication in bacteria

Bacteria communicate using small molecules that travel from cell to cell. This process, called quorum sensing, allows groups of bacteria to synchronize their behavior and collectively undertake tasks including virulence and biofilm formation. We are developing strategies to interfere with quorum sensing for use as novel anti-microbials.

Keywords: Quorum sensing / gene regulation / signal transduction / virulence / bacteria

Subject area(s): Microbiology, Virology & Pathogens | Signal Transduction