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Dr Carolyn Bertozzi

Carolyn Bertozzi, PhD

Nobel Prize winner. Pioneer of bioorthogonal chemistry. Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University.

“Chemistry is powering biology: we’re the engine and the fuel for biology. Chemistry is the past, the present, and the future of humankind.”

Carolyn Bertozzi is a Nobel-Prize winning Professor of Chemistry at Stanford University and an Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical institute. She coined the term “bioorthogonal chemistry” to describe chemical reactions that can take place within living cells and organisms. She has expanded this new field of chemistry to advance glycobiology technologies and biotherapeutics.

Her research spans the disciplines of chemistry and biology with an emphasis on studies of cell surface sugars pertinent to human health and disease. Her lab develops technologies for imaging glycans and developing immuno-oncological diagnostics and therapeutics.

She is a founder of Lycia Therapeutics, OliLux Biosciences, Grace Science, InterVenn Biosciences, Palleon Pharmaceuticals, Enable Biosciences, and Redwood Bioscience.

Dr. Bertozzi is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Inventors, the Institute of Medicine, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

She was awarded the 2022 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. She was also the first woman to receive the Lemelson-MIT Prize. She has also been recognized with the Heinrich Wieland Prize, ACS Award in Pure Chemistry, and MacArthur Foundation Fellowship.

Dr. Bertozzi earned her B.A. in chemistry from Harvard University and Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, where she discovered that viruses can bind to sugars in the body. She completed her postdoctoral studies at the University of California, San Francisco.

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