Glycoscience Faculty

Learn more about this group by contacting Dr. Gerald Hart (gerald.hart@uga.edu).

Glycobiology is the study of the biological functions of glycans. Glycans are one of the four major building blocks of life. Glycans function as both free molecules and also as components of glycoproteins and glycolipids, and they are the most complex and the most abundant organic molecules on the planet. Glycans play a direct role in nearly every known biological process, and they are directly involved in the etiology of every major disease affecting mankind. Recent advances in technology are allowing great strides to be made in our understanding the molecular functions of glycans. This field is amongst the last major frontiers in biological sciences.

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Jon Amster

Professor
Chemistry

Structural analysis and characterization of glycosaminoglycans using mass spectrometry

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Fikri Avci

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Mechanisms of immune activation by carbohydrate antigens; design and development
of knowledge-based vaccines and therapeutics against pathogens and cancers.
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Parastoo Azadi

Senior Research Scientist, CCRC
Technical Director — Analytical Services, CCRC

Structural analysis and hands-on training for all glycoconjugates using mass spectrometry and NMR

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Maor Bar-Peled

Associate Professor
Plant Biology

Molecular cell biology of the wall, Biofuel and BioEnergy, Golgi as model for System biology, Plant Immunity.

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Adam W. Barb

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Our goal is to define the impact of protein post-translational modifications on structure and function in the immune system.

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Geert-Jan Boons

Professor
Chemistry
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David Crich

Professor; Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Drug Design
Pharmaceutical and Biomedical Sciences; Chemistry

Organic and medicinal chemistry; carbohydrate chemistry; glycomimetics; drug design and development with emphasis on multi-drug resistant infectious diseases

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Steve Dalton

Professor
GRA Eminent Scholar Chair in Molecular Cell Biology
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

Stem cell biology, development of cell therapies for type 1 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. Pluripotent stem cells in early development and induced pluripotent stem cells- cell reprogramming.

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Arthur Edison

Professor
GRA Eminent Scholar
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Genetics

Metabolomics and systems biology of Caenorhabditis elegans using NMR,
mass spec, and computational approaches.

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Robert Haltiwanger

Professor; GRA Eminent Scholar in Biomedical Glycosciences
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

Role of glycosylation in regulating Notch signaling, assisting protein folding, and development.

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Gerald W. Hart

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Eminent Scholar in Drug Discovery;
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Nutrient Regulation of Signaling and Transcription: Mechanisms Underlying Diabetes, Neurodegeneration and Cancer

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Kelly M. Hines

Assistant Professor
Chemistry

Lipidomic and metabolomic analyses of antimicrobial resistant pathogens using ion mobility and mass spectrometry

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Debra Mohnen

Professor
Georgia Athletic Association Professor in Complex Carbohydrate Research
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Plant Biology

Biosynthesis and function of the plant cell wall polysaccharide pectin.
Anti-cancer effects of pectin.

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Kelley Moremen

Distinguished Research Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Biochemistry, molecular, and structural biology of mammalian glycoprotein biosynthesis and catabolism.

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Michael “Hawkeye” Pierce

Distinguished Research Professor
UGA Cancer Center Director
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Glycosyltransferase regulation of tumor cell adhesion and invasion; structure/function of lectins.

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Christine Szymanski

Professor
Microbiology

Microbial glycobiology lab characterizing bacterial glycoconjugate pathways, bacteriophage interactions with their hosts, and benefits of human milk oligosaccharides to develop novel vaccines and therapeutics for the prevention of diarrheal diseases and post-infectious neuropathies such as Guillain-Barré Syndrome.

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Michael Tiemeyer

Distinguished Research Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology; Neuroscience

Mechanisms that regulate the expression, function, and structure of tissue-specific glycans.

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M. Stephen Trent

UGA Foundation Distinguished Professor
Infectious Diseases

Characterizing the assembly of bacterial surface structures, Development of vaccines for viral
and bacterial pathogens, Systems approaches to understanding microbial diseases

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Breeanna Urbanowicz

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology;
Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Structure and function of enzymes involved in plant polysaccharide biosynthesis and modification with the long term goal to develop pathway engineering or targeted genomics approaches for enhanced production of bio-materials, -products, and -fuels.

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Ryan Weiss

Assistant Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Investigating the regulatory mechanisms of glycosylation using genomic, chemical, and genetic approaches with particular focus on the discovery of novel drugs and targets to treat human diseases.

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Lance Wells

Professor, Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Investigator
ILS Director
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

Role of protein glycosylation in intellectual disability, congenital muscular dystrophy, cancer, and viral infection.

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Christopher M. West

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Oxygen- and glycosylation-dependent regulation of polyubiquitin ligases in Dictyostelium and Toxoplasma gondii;
Glycobiology of protozoa.

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Zachary Wood

Associate Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

X-ray crystallographic and biochemical studies of nucleotide sugar metabolism.

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Robert Woods

Professor
Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Immunological carbohydrate-protein interactions studied by computational simulation and experimental methods.

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