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Bertozzi’s research focuses on creating new technologies for the development of medicines and diagnostics that will improve human health. This work spans a number of technologies and approaches at the interface of chemistry and biology. Bertozzi’s work at the interface of chemistry and biology gave rise to bioorthogonal chemistry, a means for researchers to chemically modify molecules within living systems. She founded the field in the mid-1990s and coined the name in 2003 to describe reactions that do not interact or interfere with cell biology. Her studies have resulted in such innovations as molecular imaging and in situ drug assembly.
Bertozzi is the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Chemistry and Professor of Chemical & Systems Biology and Radiology (by courtesy) at Stanford University, and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator. Carolyn is a founding scientist of Stanford ChEM-H, a new initiative chaired by Chaitan Khosla, which draws together faculty from many disciplines with the goal of improving human health.
Among her recent honors, she is the 2017 recipient of the Arthur C. Cope Award, the 2016 winner of the NAS Award in Chemical Sciences, and a member of the 2017 National Inventors Hall of Fame.