Berkeley Professor Wins $500,000 Prize for Work in Biotechnology

June 02, 2010

Carolyn Bertozzi, a professor of chemistry and of molecular and cellular biology at the University of California at Berkeley, was named on Wednesday as the winner of the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize for her achievements in biotechnology.

According to a news release issued by the Lemelson-MIT Program, Ms. Bertozzi was recognized for her pioneering research in manipulating living cells and their biological processes. Her work has led to advances in diagnosing and treating diseases such as cancer and inflammatory disorders.

She will receive the award at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology during the Lemelson-MIT Program's EurekaFest, from June 16 to 19.

Ms. Bertozzi, who received a MacArthur Fellowship, often called a "genius" award, in 1999, also helped create Berkeley's graduate program in chemical biology and has been honored for her excellence as an instructor in organic chemistry.