Barbara Imperiali

Protein Glycosylation - Pathways and Processes
Department of Biology and Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Barbara Imperiali is the Class of 1922 Professor of Biology and Chemistry at MIT. Imperiali received her B.Sc. in Medicinal Chemistry at University College London.  She earned her Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry in 1983 working with Professor Satoru Masamune at MIT.  She then carried out postdoctoral studies at Brandeis University with Professor Robert Abeles.  Imperiali began her independent career at Carnegie Mellon University in 1986, and in 1989 moved to Caltech where she earned the rank of Professor of Chemistry in 1997.  In 1999, Imperiali returned to MIT.  Imperiali is the recipient of a Sloan Fellowship (1993), a Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award (1993), the ACS Cope Scholar Award (1996), and the Caltech Feynman Prize for Excellence in Teaching (1998).  At MIT, she has been awarded the School of Science Prize for excellence in undergraduate education (2002), and she has been named a Margaret MacVicar Fellow (2003) in recognition of her contributions to undergraduate education.  In 2001, Imperiali was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and in 2004 she was named a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. In 2006, Professor Imperiali received the ACS Breslow Award for Achievement in Biomimetic Chemistry, the Kaiser Award of the Protein Society and the Vincent du Vigneaud Award of the American Peptide Society. In 2010, Imperiali was elected to the National Academy of Sciences (USA). In 2015, Imperiali co-founded AssayQuant Technologies a fledgling biotechnology company to advance the development of biochemical reagents based on technology developed at MIT.