Bertozzi’s ability to identify unmet needs and craft innovative solutions has led to scientific advances with a broad range of applications. Chemical insights gleaned by Bertozzi have progressed efforts to diagnose and treat diseases such as cancer, inflammatory disorders such as arthritis, and infectious diseases like tuberculosis. Her multi-disciplinary approach has led to significant developments in the ability to engineer living cells and the proteins they produce with defined chemical properties. As a University of California, Berkeley Professor and Director of the Molecular Foundry at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, Bertozzi and her team study the biology of glycans, also known as complex carbohydrates, and develop nanotechnologies for probing biological systems.
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