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The National Academy of Sciences awarded Joseph Mougous, PhD, the NAS Award in Molecular Biology. The award was presented with a $25,000 prize.

Mougous transformed the fields of microbiology and host-microbe interactions through his groundbreaking discovery that bacterial type VI secretion systems deliver potent antimicrobial toxins between bacterial cells and are a crucial driver of interbacterial competition and the shaping of microbial communities. He also discovered unique toxins of potential utility in basic research, as antimicrobials and of use in genome editing.

Learn more about Mougous’ work and the award.