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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

Lynne Howell Lynne Howell is a Senior Scientist at The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids), where she has held administrative roles as Head of the Program in Molecular Medicine from 2002-2014 and as Associate Chief, Research Integration and Communication 2014-2016. She holds a Tier I Canada Research Chair in Structural Biology and is a Professor in the Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto.

Senior Scientist,
Hospital for Sick Children
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
Chris Phenix Dr. Phenix’s research is focused on developing probes for PET imaging enzymes important for human health including glucosidases involved in Parkinson’s and other diseases.

Assistant Professor,
University of Saskatchewan
Lisa Sim Lisa Sim is a partner with Miller Thomson LLP. Lisa practises intellectual property law with a focus on protecting, commercializing, and managing the intellectual assets of her clients. She is a registered patent agent in Canada and the United States, as well as a registered Canadian trademark agent.

Partner & Registered Patent Agent,
Miller Thomson LLP

Ryan Sweeney
Dr. Sweeney obtained his his Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry from the University of Alberta in 2018 under the supervision of Professor Todd Lowary. He then joined the laboratory of Professor Stephen Withers in 2018 as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. His current research involves developing an active site titration reagent for α-amylases.

Post-Doctoral Fellow,
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.

Executive Director,


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