Carolyn R. Bertozzi, PhD, a UCSF postdoc alum, was recently inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame at a May 4 ceremony held at the National Building Museum in Washington, DC. Bertozzi, who did her postdoc with Steven Rosen at UCSF in the early 1990s, is being honored for inventing the field of bioorthogonal chemistry, which allows researchers to chemically modify molecules within living systems. She is the recipient of many honors and awards, including the 1999 MacArthur Fellowship and the 2016 National Academy of Sciences Award in Chemical Science, and was recognized with a UCSF 150th Anniversary Alumni Excellence Award in 2015.
Bertozzi is a professor at Stanford University and a Howard Hughes Medical Institute investigator. She received her PhD from UC Berkeley. Read more about Bertozzi and the other 2017 National Inventors Hall of Fame inductees, and see a short video featuring Dr. Bertozzi.