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Oct. 24, 2011
Contact: Cindy L. Berrie, Department of Chemistry, 785-864-3089

'Sugar-coated cells' topic of chemistry lecture

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LAWRENCE — University of California-Berkeley Distinguished Professor of Chemistry Carolyn R. Bertozzi will deliver the fifth biennial Richard L. Schowen Lectures in Bioorganic Chemistry next month.

Bertozzi is scheduled to present two lectures on her research on the role of cell surface glycosylation and its role in specific disease states such as cancer and bacterial infection. A public lecture titled “Sugar-Coated Cells, the Good News and the Bad News” will take place at 4 p.m. Nov. 3 in 3020 Pharmacy Building with a reception immediately following the lecture. Her second lecture, titled “Bioorthogonal Chemistry for Glycoprofiling and Beyond,” will be at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in 1001 Malott Hall.

Bertozzi, a Howard Hughes Medical Institute Investigator, is currently the T. Z. and Irmgard Chu Distinguished Professor of Chemistry and a professor of molecular and cellular biology at the University of California-Berkeley. She is a graduate of Harvard (bachelor’s degree in chemistry) and UC-Berkeley (doctorate) and has done postdoctoral research at the University of California-San Francisco. She joined the faculty at Berkeley in 1996.

In addition to Bertozzi’s work on cell surface glycosylation, her work includes methods development for investigating cells and proteins. Among her awards, she has been recognized as a MacArthur Foundation Fellow, and she is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Association of Arts and Sciences. She has also received awards as an outstanding educator, including the UC-Berkeley Distinguished Teaching Award.

The Schowen Lecture series is funded by former students, colleagues and friends of Richard L. Schowen, who retired in July 2000 after 37 years of teaching chemistry at KU. Schowen’s career spanned a broad range of expertise in the chemical, biological and pharmaceutical sciences. His numerous awards included the Summerfield Distinguished Chair in Chemistry, the Midwest Award of the American Chemical Society and an honorary doctorate from Martin Luther University in Germany.

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