Carolyn Bertozzi

Director of the Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Carolyn Bertozzi is the T.Z. and Irmgard Chu Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and Director of the Molecular Foundry, a Department of Energy Nanoscale Science and Research Center at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.

She completed her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Harvard University in 1988 and her Ph.D. in Chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1993. After completing postdoctoral work at the University of California, San Francisco, in the field of cellular immunology, she joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1996.

Dr. Bertozzi’s research interests span the disciplines of chemistry and biology, with an emphasis on studies of cell surface glycosylation pertinent to disease states. Her lab focuses on profiling changes in cell surface glycosylation associated with cancer, inflammation, and bacterial infection, and exploiting this information for development of diagnostic and therapeutic approaches.

In addition, her group develops nanoscience-based technologies for probing cell function and for medical diagnostics.

Dr. Bertozzi has been recognized with many honors and awards for both her research and teaching accomplishments. She is an elected member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina. She has been awarded the Whistler Award, the Ernst Schering Prize, a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the ACS Award in Pure Chemistry, the Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering, and the Irving Sigal Young Investigator Award of the Protein Society, among many other awards. Her efforts in undergraduate education have earned her the UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award and the Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching.

Dr. Bertozzi received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Havard University and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of California, Berkeley.