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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

Warren 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.

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.

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.

David Firer is pursuing a M.Sc. in Microbiology and Immunology in Dr. Don Sheppard’s lab at McGill University. David’s research aims to provide insight into the life cycles of the amphibian infecting chytrid fungi by investigating the structure and function of chytrid cell wall polysaccharides

Dr. Jolie is a highly accomplished veterinarian with a diverse academic and professional background. She obtained her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from the University of Ghent, Belgium, and pursued further studies, including internships and research assistantships. Dr. Jolie’s extensive academic journey includes a residency in Swine Medicine and a PhD focusing on airborne contaminants’ impact on swine respiratory health. Over the past 12+ years, she has held significant roles at Pfizer Animal Health and Merck Animal Health, showcasing her expertise in the field and culminating in the completion of an Executive MBA. At Merck Animal Health, she has led pivotal roles, including heading the Global Swine division, shaping strategic direction and ensuring product alignment to meet global market needs.

Louise St-Onge is the Head of Pricing, Market Access & Government Affairs at Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Canada.  She is an accomplished Pharma Leader with >25 years executive experience and track record of achievements in Complex Specialty Pharma.  Recognized as a change agent, she brings unique perspectives gained from her broad commercial & patient access experience, including in setting up Canadian Operations.

Dr. Liu is currently a Principal Scientist with responsibilities in process chemistry development at Gilead Sciences.

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.


Elizabeth is the CEO of GlycoNet. She 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.

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