Neal K. Devaraj

Neal Devaraj is a Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD). A native of Southern California, he attended college at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he performed research in the lab of Prof. Moungi Bawendi. He earned his PhD in Chemistry at Stanford University in the labs of Profs. James Collman and Christopher Chidsey. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard Medical School in the lab of Prof. Ralph Weissleder, he joined UCSD. His research interests are in bioconjugation, chemical biology, and bottom-up synthetic biology.

2019 - Leo Hendrik Baekeland Award

2019 - Guggenheim Fellowship in the Natural Sciences

2019 - Eli Lilly Award in Biological Chemistry

2018 - Blavatnik National Laureate in Chemistry

2018Magomedov-Shcherbinina Memorial Prize

2017 - ACS Award in Pure Chemistry


2016 - National Fresenius Award

2016 - Camille Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award


2016 - NIH T1D Pathfinder Award

2013 - NSF CAREER Award

Selected Awards/Honors

2007 - 2011

Harvard Medical School

Postdoctoral Fellow

2002 - 2007

Stanford University

Ph.D. Chemistry

1998 - 2002

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

B.S. Chemistry & B.S. Biology