Everett Peter Greenberg

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Everett Peter Greenberg
Born 1948 (age 69–70)
New York City, United States
Nationality American
Alma mater Western Washington University
University of Iowa
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Known for Quorum sensing
Awards Shaw Prize (2015)
Scientific career
Fields Microbiology
Institutions University of Washington
University of Iowa

Everett Peter Greenberg (born November 7, 1948) is an American microbiologist. He has been Professor of Microbiology in the Department of Microbiology, University of Washington in Seattle since 2005. In 2015, he was a co-recipient of the Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine for his distinguished work in quorum sensing.[1][2]

Early days[edit]

Greenberg was born in 1948 in New York. His family moved to Seattle, where he finished high school. He entered Western Washington University in Bellingham in 1966 and obtained his BS degree in Biology in 1970. He obtained his MS in Microbiology from the University of Iowa and his PhD in Microbiology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. After a postdoctoral position at Harvard University, he joined Cornell University as an assistant professor.[3]

Research[edit]

Greenberg joined the University of Iowa as a professor in 1988 and the University of Washington in 2005.[4]

Before Greenberg's research, bacterial communication was not generally accepted by microbiologists; each bacterium was considered to be an individual cell that behaved independently from other bacteria. However, his research describes the mechanism by which bacteria communicate with each other. While he was a professor at Iowa, in 1994, he and his colleagues coined the term quorum sensing, a process of cell-to-cell bacterial communication.[4][5]

As of June 2015, he is a professor at the University of Washington and his lab studies fields such as quorum sensing and biofilms.[6]

Honors and awards[edit]

Greenberg was elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2004. In 2015, Greenberg and Bonnie Bassler of Princeton University were awarded the Shaw Prize in Life Science and Medicine "for their discovery of quorum sensing, a process whereby bacteria communicate with each other and which offers innovative ways to interfere with bacterial pathogens or to modulate the microbiome for health applications."[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Shaw Laureates in 2015 in Life Science and Medicine: Announcement and Citation". Shaw Prize Foundation. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  2. ^ "2015 Laureates Of The Shaw Prize Announced". Asian Scientist Magazine. June 2, 2015. Retrieved 4 June 2015. 
  3. ^ "Shaw Laureates in 2015 in Life Science and Medicine: Biographical Notes of Laureates". Shaw Prize Foundation. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Biography of E. P. Greenberg". National Academy of Sciences. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  5. ^ "Shaw Laureates in 2015 in Life Science and Medicine: Press Release". Shaw Prize Foundation. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Greenberg lab". University of Washington. Retrieved 8 June 2015.