We had a live question and answer session with Dr. Bonnie Bassler on January 13th, 2014. In this Hangout, she answered questions about her scientific career and research on quorum sensing. You can watch the Hangout in its entirety in the video below. You can also view the answer to a specific question by selecting one of the questions listed below, which will take you to the part of the video with Dr. Bassler’s answer, by scrolling to the timepoint at which the question was asked, or by visiting her iBiology Hangout Event Page.
Questions that were asked during the iBiology Hangout:
There seems to be some recent evidence that bacterial quorum sensing may also take place using various frequencies (sound or electromagnetic). Do you think that EM waves/frequencies could be a good future approach to controlling things like MRSA etc.? (09:06)
How have you been able to balance having a career in science and being married to someone who is not a scientist? Has that ever complicated your career options? Do you have advice for scientists in managing the two-body problem? (25:10)
I loved your recommendation that following your scientific curiosity is the best career strategy. However, I’m curious if you have any other tips for how best to make a name for oneself scientifically as a young investigator. (31:30)
I think most of the fear with entering a postdoc, with respect to strategic planning, comes from the current state of funding and potential lack of positions. Can you comment/advise on navigating an increasingly competitive field? (41:55)
Bonnie Bassler is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. She is a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator and the Squibb Professor of Molecular Biology at Princeton University. Bassler received a B.S. in Biochemistry from the University of California at Davis, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry… Continue Reading