A Love Affair with B. Subtilis [Microbiology]

December 22nd, 2014 by Losick, R. M.

My career in science was launched when I was an undergraduate at Princeton and reinforced by graduate training at MIT. But it was only after I moved to Harvard as a Junior Fellow that my affections were captured by a seemingly mundane soil bacterium. What Bacillus subtilis offered was endless fascinating biological problems - alternative sigma factors, sporulation, swarming, biofilm formation, stochastic cell fate switching - embedded in a uniquely powerful genetic system. Along the way, my career in science became inseparably interwoven with teaching and mentoring, which proved to be as rewarding as the thrill of discovery.