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Everett Peter Greenberg

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Nationality  American
Notable awards  The Shaw Prize
Fields  Microbiology
Name  Everett Greenberg
Known for  Quorum sensing

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Institutions  University of Washington University of Iowa
Alma mater  Western Washington University, University of Iowa, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Institution  University of Washington, University of Iowa

Everett Peter Greenberg (born 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.


Early days

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.


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

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.

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

Honors and awards

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."


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