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Dr. Nanak is the Network’s CEO. Dr. Nanak was involved in the GlycoNet initiative since the Letter of Intent stage and served as the Associate Director, Business for the Alberta Glycomics Centre from 2007–2015. Prior to her position with the Centre, she worked as a manager of large-scale and multi-institutional projects with Genome Prairie. In addition to her PhD in biochemistry, Elizabeth has an MBA in biotechnology management.


Dr. Wakarchuk is a Professor from the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Alberta. The Wakarchuk lab investigates the structure and function of the enzymes which make and degrade various glycoconjugates. This work has been enabling the chemo-enzymatic synthesis of bioactive glycoconjugates both in the laboratory and for industrial projects. The Wakarchuk lab has expertise with both mammalian and bacterial carbohydrate active enzymes for glycan remodelling applications.

Associate Directors

Administrative Centre

Acting under the direction of the Chief Executive Officer, GlycoNet’s Administrative Centre is located on the University of Alberta campus in Edmonton, AB, Canada. The administration team is responsible for implementing the strategic plan of GlycoNet, administering programs and activities, arranging for disbursement of Network funds, preparing financial and other annual reports as required, and providing administrative support to the Board of Directors, Network Committees, and Network management. 


With over 20 years of progressive accounting experience, Cécile has worked in various industries, including biotech, education and healthcare. She is primarily responsible for monitoring and managing GlycoNet’s financial transactions, including coordination with the Finance Departments of the Network’s partner institutions. Cécile also assists with budgeting, annual planning and forecasting.


Karli is the point of contact for reimbursements, travel and accommodation bookings, and is responsible for the organization of GlycoNet Board and Committee meetings and events. Karli has extensive experience in both administrative work and in the property management industry.

Canadian Glycomics Network
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Tel: 780-492-6204
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