Bonnie Bassler wins Wolf Prize in Chemistry

Tuesday, Feb 8, 2022
by Jonathan Garaffa, adapted from original post by Molecular Biology Staff

Bonnie L. Bassler, the Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology and chair of the Department of Molecular Biology, has been announced as a winner of the 2022 Wolf Prize in Chemistry. Since 1978, the Wolf Foundation has awarded the acclaimed Wolf Prize to outstanding scientists and artists from around the world (regardless of nationality, race, color, religion, sex or political views), for achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations amongst peoples.

The prize in Chemistry was awarded to Bassler, along with Carolyn R. Bertozzi of Stanford University and Benjamin F. Cravatt III of Scripps Research, "for their seminal contributions to understanding the chemistry of cellular communication and inventing chemical methodologies to study the role of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins in such biological processes." Read more about Bassler's research and contributions on her Wolf Prize laureate page.

The scientific categories of the Wolf Prize include medicine, agriculture, mathematics, chemistry and physics. The Prize’s art categories include painting and sculpting, music and architecture. The prize laureates are selected by international Jury Committees which comprise world-renowned professionals from all over the world.

The prize in each field consists of a certificate and a monetary award of $100,000. To date, 345 scientists and artists from all over the globe have been honored.

Bassler and the other laureates will receive their prizes at a special ceremony at the Knesset (Israel´s Parliament), in Jerusalem. All Wolf Prize Laureates can be found on the Wolf Foundation's website.

This article was adapted from an original post on the Department of Molecular Biology website.