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Chang wins Novartis award

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Chris Chang
Chris Chang

December 14, 2009

Chemistry professor Christopher J. Chang has won a Novartis Early Career Award in Organic Chemistry. The award is presented annually to outstanding scientists within 10 years of having established an independent academic research career, in the areas of organic or bioorganic chemistry.

Two winners are identified, one from Europe and one from North America, each of whom receives an unrestricted research grant. This year’s European winner was Magnus Rueping, RWTH Aachen University, Germany.

Chang earned his Ph.D. in 2002 from MIT, working with Daniel Nocera. After completing postdoctoral studies in the group of Stephen Lippard, also at MIT, he joined the Berkeley chemistry faculty in 2004.

The award recognizes Chang for his creative and insightful application of organic chemistry to the discovery of fluorescent sensors. These sensors selectively detect hydrogen peroxide or metals such as copper in living cells and in real time. According to the award citation, “His highly interdisciplinary approach holds much promise in helping to uncover novel biological processes in living systems.”

Former Department of Chemistry winners include Dean Toste (2006) and Dirk Trauner (2005).

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