Carolyn Bertozzi
#4373 Overall Influence

Carolyn Bertozzi

American chemist

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Why is this person notable and influential?
By Erik J. Larson

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 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.

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University of California, Berkeley
University of California, Berkeley

Public research university in Berkeley, California, United States

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Harvard University
Harvard University

Private research university in Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States

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University of California, San Francisco
University of California, San Francisco

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Stanford University
Stanford University

Private research university located in Stanford, California, United States

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Influence Rankings by Discipline

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#125 World Rank #37 USA Rank
Chemistry
#365 World Rank #125 USA Rank
Biology