38th Annual Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecturer – Dr. Bonnie Bassler

February 23, 2016
Durham, NC

Bassler_McGinnis 38The McGinnis Lecture Committee is very excited to announce that Dr. Bonnie Bassler will be giving the 38th annual Jim McGinnis Memorial Lecture on Thursday 3/17/16 at 4:00pm in 103 Bryan Research.

Dr. Bonnie L. 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. The research in her laboratory focuses on the molecular mechanisms that bacteria use for intercellular communication. This process is called quorum sensing. Bassler’s research is paving the way to the development of novel therapies for combating bacteria by disrupting quorum-sensing-mediated communication. The title for her talk on March 17th is: “Bacterial Quorum Sensing and its Control”.

For those unfamiliar with the lecture, the annual McGinnis Memorial Lecture was established by the staff and students of the Departments of Microbiology and Immunology to honor the memory of James William McGinnis, Jr. Jim was a doctoral candidate in the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. Tragically, Jim lost his life in a canoeing accident and his PhD was awarded posthumously. The lecture was established by the department and Jim’s family to honor his memory and celebrate his love of learning and of science.

The lectureship brings in scientists who conduct ground-breaking, innovative science and who also have a commitment to education and training, a description we believe Dr. Bassler not only fits, but exceeds

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Photo: McGinnis Committee

Left to Right – Josh Messinger, Hannah Brown, Al Harding, Allison Roder (co-chair), Dr. Bonnie Bassler, Nandan Gokhale (co-chair), Rob Burnham and Kayla Sylvester