University of California – Berkeley
Christopher J. Chang is the Class of 1942 Chair Professor of Chemistry and Molecular and Cell Biology and HHMI Investigator at UC Berkeley, as well as a Faculty Scientist in the Chemical Sciences Division of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He was born in Ames, IA and received his B.S. and M.S. degrees from Caltech in 1997, working with Prof. Harry Gray on spectroscopy of high-valent metal-nitrido and metal-oxo complexes. After spending a year as a Fulbright scholar in Strasbourg, France with Dr. Jean-Pierre Sauvage on chemical topology and molecular machines, Chris received his Ph.D. from MIT in 2002 under the supervision of Prof. Dan Nocera, where his graduate work focused on proton-electron transfer and oxygen catalysis. He stayed at MIT as a postdoctoral fellow with Prof. Steve Lippard, working on zinc biology and then began his independent career at UC Berkeley in 2004. Research in the Chang lab is focused on chemical biology and inorganic chemistry, with particular interests in molecular imaging and catalysis applied to neuroscience, metabolic and infectious diseases, and sustainable energy.
His group’s research has been honored by awards from the Dreyfus, Beckman, Sloan, and Packard Foundations, Amgen, Astra Zeneca, and Novartis, AFAR, Technology Review, ACS (Cope Scholar, Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry), RSC (Transition Metal Chemistry), and the Society for Biological Inorganic Chemistry, and in 2013 Chris was awarded the Noyce Prize at UC Berkeley for excellence in Undergraduate Teaching. Most recently Chris received the 2013 ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award in Graduate Education, 2013 Baekeland Prize, and was the 2015 Blavatnik Laureate in Chemistry. He is a Senior Editor at ACS Central Science. More information on the Chang lab can be found at http://www.cchem.berkeley.edu/cjcgrp/.