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Carolyn Bertozzi

American chemist


Why is this person notable and influential?

Carolyn Bertozzi is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University, and is an investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. She earned a B.A. in chemistry from Harvard University and a Ph.D. from the University of California at Berkeley.

Bertozzi is the founder of bioorthogonal chemistry, a subfield of chemistry that allows scientists to modify molecules in living organisms without disrupting processes occurring within the cells. She has also worked extensively to study how viruses can bind to sugars, known as glycobiology. Her work on the interactions of sugar within the body, and diseases such as arthritis, tuberculosis and cancer, have yielded critical insights with implications across medical specialties.

She has also provided important leadership in the field. She is founder or co-founder of companies such as Thios Pharmaceuticals, Redwood Bioscience, Enable Biosciences, Palleon Pharma, InterVenn Biosciences, Grace Science Foundation, OliLux Biosciences and Lycis Therapeutics.

She has over 600 research publications, including “Bioorthogonal Chemistry: Fishing for Selectivity in a Sea of Functionality”, and “Glycans in cancer and inflammation—potential for therapeutics and diagnostics”.

Bertozzi received the MacArthur Genius Grant at age 33, In 2010, she became the first woman to receive the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize faculty award. Most recently, Bertozzi was honored with the John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science and the Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize.

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Carolyn Ruth Bertozzi is an American chemist. Bertozzi is known for her work on bioorthogonal chemistry, a term she coined. At Stanford University, she holds the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professorship in the School of Humanities and Sciences. Bertozzi is also an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute and is the former Director of the Molecular Foundry, a nanoscience research center at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. She received the MacArthur "genius" award at age 33. In 2010, she was the first woman to receive the prestigious Lemelson-MIT Prize faculty award. She is a member of the National Academy of Sciences , the Institute of Medicine , and the National Academy of Inventors . In 2014, it was announced that Bertozzi would lead ACS Central Science, the American Chemical Society's first peer-reviewed open access journal that offers all content free to the public. As an open lesbian in academia and science, Bertozzi has been a role model for students and colleagues.

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What schools is this person affiliated with?

University of California, Berkeley

Public research university in Berkeley, California, United States

Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

University of California, San Francisco


University of Oregon

Public research university in Eugene, Oregon, USA

University of Amsterdam

University in Amsterdam

Stanford University

Private research university located in Stanford, California, United States

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#566 World Rank
#1483 World Rank