American chemist, (1966– ), Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Areas of Specialization: Biorthogonal Chemistry, Glycobiology
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 BA in chemistry from Harvard University and a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
Bertozzi is perhaps most famous for being considered as the founder of biorthogonal 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 was most recently honored with the John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science and the Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize.
According to Wikipedia,
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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