Carolyn R. Bertozzi
Carolyn R. Bertozzi
|Alma mater||Harvard University|
University of California, Berkeley
University of California, San Francisco
|Known for||Bioorthogonal Chemistry|
|Awards||MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (1999)|
ACS Award in Pure Chemistry (2001)
Lemelson-MIT Prize (2010)
Heinrich Wieland Prize (2012)
University of California, Berkeley
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
University of California, San Francisco
|Doctoral students||Mireille Kamariza|
|"Carolyn Bertozzi: Chemical Glycobiology", iBiology|
Carolyn Ruth Bertozzi (born October 10, 1966) is an American chemist. Bertozzi is known for founding a new field of chemistry: bioorthogonal chemistry. 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 (HHMI) 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 (2005), the Institute of Medicine (2011), and the National Academy of Inventors (2013). 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.
Education and Career
Carolyn Bertozzi received her B.A. summa cum laude in chemistry from Harvard University, where she worked with Professor Joe Grabowski on the design and construction of a photoacoustic calorimeter. While an undergraduate, she played in various bands, including one with future Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello. After graduating, she worked at Bell Labs with Chris Chidsey.
Bertozzi completed her Ph.D. in Chemistry at UC Berkeley in 1993 with Professor Mark Bednarski, working on the chemical synthesis of oligosaccharide analogs. While working under Professor Bednarski, she discovered that viruses can bind to sugars in the body. The discovery led her to her current field of research glycobiology. After completing a Ph.D., Bertozzi was a postdoctoral fellow at UCSF with Professor Steven Rosen, where she studied the activity of endothelial oligosaccharides in promoting cell adhesion at inflammation sites. While working with Professor Rosen, Bertozzi was able to modify the protein and sugar molecules in the walls of living cells so that the cells accept foreign materials such as implants.
Bertozzi joined the UC Berkeley faculty in 1996. She has been an investigator with HHMI since 2000. In 1999, while working with HHMI and at UC Berkeley, she founded the field of bioorthogonal chemistry and coined the term in 2003. This new field and technique allows researchers to chemically modify molecules in living organisms and not interrupt the processes of the cell. In 2015, Bertozzi moved to Stanford University to join the ChEM-H Institute.
Bertozzi studies the glycobiology of underlying diseases such as cancer, inflammatory disorders such as arthritis, and infectious diseases such as tuberculosis. In particular, Bertozzi has advanced the understanding of cell surface oligosaccharides involved in cell recognition and inter-cellular communication. Bertozzi has applied the techniques of bioorthogonal chemistry to study glycocalyx, the sugars that surround the cell membrane. Her discoveries have advanced the field of biotherapeutics. Her lab has also developed tools for research. One such development is creating chemical tools for studying glycans in living systems. Her lab's development of nanotechnologies which probe biological systems lead to the development of a fast point-of-care tuberculosis test in 2018. In 2017, due to her lab's discovery of linking the sugars on the surface of cancer cells and their ability to avoid the immune system defenses, she was invited to speak at Stanford's TED talk, giving a talk entitled What the sugar coating on your cells is trying to tell you.
In addition to her academic work, Bertozzi works actively with biotechnology start-ups. She has served on the research advisory board of GlaxoSmithKline. In the early 2000s, Bertozzi and Steve Rosen co-founded Thios Pharmaceuticals the first company to traget sulfation pathways. In 2008, Bertozzi founded a startup of her own: Redwood Bioscience of Emeryville, California. Redwood Bioscience is a biotechnology company that uses SMARTag, a site-specific protein modification technology that allows small drugs to attach to sites on the proteins and can be used to help fight cancers. Redwood Bioscience was acquired by Catalent Pharma Solutions in 2014. Bertozzi remains a part of the advisory board for the biologics sector of the company. In 2014, she co-founded Enable Biosciences which focuses on biotechnologies for at-home diagnoses for type 1 diabetes, HIV, and other diseases. Bertozzi became a co-founder of Palleon Pharma of Waltham, Massachusetts in 2015. Palleon Pharma focuses on investigating glycoimmune checkpoint inhibitors as a potential treatment for cancer. In 2017, Bertozzi helped found InterVenn Biosciences, which uses mass spectrometry and artificial intelligence to enhance glycoproteomics for target and biomarker discovery, ovarian cancer diagnostics, and predicting the successes and failures of clinical trials. She co-founded Grace Science Foundation in 2018. The foundation focuses on curing NGLY1 deficiency through developing therapeutics that are efficient and inexpensive. In 2019 she co-founded both OliLux Biosciences and Lycia Therapeutics. OliLux Biosciences develops new methods for tuberculosis detection. The founding of Lycia Therapeutics occurred when Bertozzi's group discovered lysosome-targeting chimeras (LYTACs). The new molecule class may be able to degrade some cardiovascular disease and cancer targets. Lycia Therapeutics focuses on developing technology which utilizes lysosome-targeting chimeras (LYTACs).
Significant Papers and Publications
Bertozzi has over 600 publications on Web of Science, listed below are the most cited:
- Sletten, EM; Bertozzi, CR (2009). "Bioorthogonal Chemistry: Fishing for Selectivity in a Sea of Functionality". Angewandte Chemie (International Ed. In English). 48 (38): 6974–98. doi:10.1002/anie.200900942. PMC 2864149. PMID 19714693.
- Bertozzi, Carolyn R.; Kiessling, Laura L. (2001). "Chemical Glycobiology". Science. 291 (5512): 2357–64. Bibcode:2001Sci...291.2357B. doi:10.1126/science.1059820. PMID 11269316.
- Saxon, Eliana; Bertozzi, Carolyn R. (2000). "Cell Surface Engineering by a Modified Staudinger Reaction". Science. 287 (5460): 2007–10. Bibcode:2000Sci...287.2007S. doi:10.1126/science.287.5460.2007. PMID 10720325.
- Agard, Nicholas J.; Prescher, Jennifer A.; Bertozzi, Carolyn R. (2005). "A Strain-Promoted [3 + 2] Azide−Alkyne Cycloaddition for Covalent Modification of Biomolecules in Living Systems". Journal of the American Chemical Society. 126 (46): 15046–15047. doi:10.1021/ja044996f. PMID 15547999.
- Dube, DH; Bertozzi, CR (2005). "Glycans in cancer and inflammation--potential for therapeutics and diagnostics". Nature Reviews Drug Discovery. 4 (6): 477–88. doi:10.1038/nrd1751. PMID 15931257.
Awards and Honors
- Phi Beta Kappa (1987)
- Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship (1997)
- Horace S. Isbell Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry (1997)
- Glaxo Wellcome Scholars' Award (1998)
- Beckman Young Investigators Award (1998)
- Arthur C. Cope Scholar Award of the American Chemical Society (1999)
- Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1999)
- MacArthur Fellowship (1999)
- Presidential Early Career Awards for Science and Engineering (2000)
- Merck Academic Development Program Award (2000)
- UC Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award (2001)
- ACS Award in Pure Chemistry (2001)
- Donald Sterling Noyce Prize for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching (2001)
- Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (2002)
- Irving Sigal Young Investigator Award of the Protein Society (2002)
- Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (2003)
- Agnes Fay Morgan Research Award of Iota Sigma Pi (2004)
- Havinga Medal, Univ. Leiden (2005)
- Member of the National Academy of Sciences (2005)
- T.Z. and Irmgard Chu Distinguished Professorship in Chemistry (2005)
- Ernst Schering Prize (2007)
- GLBT Scientist of the Year Award (2007) - from the National Organization of Gay and Lesbian Scientists and Technical Professionals
- Li Ka Shing Women in Science Award (2008)
- Roy L. Whistler International Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry (2008)
- Member of the German Academy of Sciences Leopoldina (2008)
- Willard Gibbs Award (2008)
- William H. Nichols Medal (2009)
- Harrison Howe Award (2009)
- Albert Hofmann Medal, Univ. Zurich (2009)
- Lemelson-MIT Prize (2010)
- Royal Society of Chemistry - Organic Division, Bioorganic Chemistry Award (2010)
- Member of the Institute of Medicine (2011)
- Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award for Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry (2011)
- Emanuel Merck Lectureship (2011)
- Honorary Doctorate of Science from Brown University (2012)
- Heinrich Wieland Prize (2012)
- Elected Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (2013)
- Hans Bloemendal Award (2013)
- UCSF 150th Anniversary Alumni Excellence Awards
- Arthur C. Cope Award 2017
- Foreign Member of the Royal Society (ForMemRS) (2018)
- John J. Carty Award for the Advancement of Science (2020)
- Chemistry for the Future Solvay Prize (2020)
Carolyn Bertozzi grew up in Lexington, Massachusetts. She has two sisters, one of whom, Andrea Bertozzi, is on the mathematics faculty at UCLA. Her father, William Bertozzi, was a physics professor at MIT. Carolyn Bertozzi now has a wife and three children.
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