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Michelle C. Y. Chang
San Jose, California
ResidenceBerkeley, California
CitizenshipUnited States
FieldsMetabolic engineering
InstitutionsUC Berkeley
Alma materUniversity of California, San Diego, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, UC Berkeley
Doctoral advisorJoAnne Stubbe and Daniel G. Nocera
Other academic advisorsJay Keasling
SpouseChristopher Chang
For a Tekken series character, see Michelle Chang (Tekken).

Michelle C. Y. Chang is a chemist at the department of chemistry, University of California, Berkeley, a recipient of several young scientist awards for her research in biosynthesis of biofuels and pharmaceuticals.[1]


  • B.S., Biochemistry, B.A., French Literature, University of California, San Diego (1997)
  • National Science Foundation Predoctoral Fellow (1997-2000)
  • M.I.T./Merck Foundation Predoctoral Fellow (2000-2002)
  • Ph.D. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (2004)
  • Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Berkeley (2004-2007)


  • 2007: The Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation New Faculty Award [1]
  • 2008: Arnold and Mabel Beckman Foundation Young Investigator Award [1]
  • 2008: TR35: Technology Review magazine Young Innovator Award[2]
  • 2009: National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) award[3]
  • 2010: Agilent Early Career Professor Award[4]
  • 2011: International Young Talents in Chemistry Award[5]
  • 2011: NIH Director's New Innovator Award[6]

Personal life[]

Michelle was born in San Jose, California to Chinese immigrant parents from Taiwan.[7]

Michelle is married to her colleague from the department of chemistry, Christopher Chang, another 2008 TR35 award recipient.[8]


Chang's scientific papers are listed on her group's website.