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Training Committee

The Training Committee evaluates and recommends initiatives, including but not limited to travel and fellowship awards, to support GlycoNet’s training mission. The GlycoNet Trainee Association Executive Committee (GTA-EC) consists of highly qualified personnel (HQP) selected by the Training Committee and serves as the liaison between the Network and its HQP community.

Members of the Committee

Robert Britton
Robert Britton is a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Career Scholar and his research program focuses on the concise synthesis of structurally and stereochemically complex natural products and the discovery of new synthetic methods to support drug discovery and development.
Simon Fraser University
Chantelle Capicciotti
Chantelle Capicciotti is a Queen’s National Scholar in Precision Molecular Medicine, jointly appointed in the Departments of Chemistry and Biomedical and Molecular Sciences at Queen’s University. Her research focuses on understanding how glycans/glycoproteins interact with binding-proteins at a cellular level to elicit biological function, and on developing glycan-based approaches for biomarker identification, disease diagnosis, imaging techniques, and cell-based therapies.
Assistant Professor,
Queen’s University
Dazhan Liu Dr. Liu is currently a Principal Scientist with responsibilities in process chemistry development at Gilead Sciences.

Senior Research Scientist,
Gilead Alberta ULC
Mark Nitz Professor Nitz’s research program spans the areas of synthetic carbohydrate chemistry and chemical biology. Focusing on bacterial biofilm formation the Nitz lab has efficiently synthesized key carbohydrate adhesin’s that form the structure of the biofilm matrix. These compounds have served as substrates to elucidate the biochemistry and structure of the enzymes required for polysaccharide adhesin synthesis and biofilm formation.

University of Toronto
Emily Rodrigues
Emily Rodrigues is a PhD student in Dr. Matt Macauley’s lab at the University of Alberta. She is the Chair of the GlycoNet Trainee Association Executive Committee. Her project is looking to identify new Siglec ligands and understand how Siglecs control the immune system in both health and disease states.
Graduate Student,
University of Alberta
Karla Williams
Dr. Williams received her PhD from the University of Guelph in 2013. She completed her postdoctoral fellowship in surgery at Western University and is now an Assistant Professor at UBC Pharmaceutical Sciences.
Assistant Professor,
University of British Columbia


Elizabeth Nanak Dr. Nanak is the Network’s Executive Director. 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.

Chief Executive Officer,


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