Wolf Prize goes to Bonnie Bassler and Elizabeth Diller

By Liz Fuller-Wright and Jamie Saxon

Bonnie Bassler, the Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator, shares the Wolf Prize in Chemistry with Carolyn Bertozzi of Stanford University and Benjamin F. Cravatt III of the Scripps Research Institute. Elizabeth Diller, professor of architecture, has been named a Wolf Prize Laureate in Architecture for 2022. She was selected “for her exceptional and influential work connecting architecture to artistic practice, engaged in the public domain.”

Bestowed by the Wolf Foundation in Israel since 1978, the Wolf Prize is awarded to outstanding scientists and artists from around the world. The prize laureates are selected by international jury committees of experts.

Bonnie Bassler
Bonnie Bassler, Squibb Professor in Molecular Biology. Chair, Department of Molecular Biology. PHOTO BY ALENA SOBOLEVA

Bassler received the award “for her work elucidating the role of chemical communication between bacteria. She has made important discoveries revealing how quorum sensing is used by bacteria both for virulence and for communicating across species.”

Elizabeth Diller
Elizabeth Diller, professor of architecture. PHOTO BY GEORDIE WOOD

Diller, a Polish-born American architect, has completed groundbreaking projects in the connected worlds of art and architecture. Her efforts have radicalized the relationship between architecture, art and the engagement of a larger audience.