GlycoNet announces 15 projects awarded as part of its Glycomics Training Program

Trainees will receive support and resources while advancing glycomics research in areas such as antimicrobials, drug discovery, immune response, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases

EDMONTON, Alberta (May 4, 2021) — The Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet) is committed to building a strong community of skilled talents dedicated to advancing Canada’s international leadership in glycomics research. GlycoNet’s Training Program provides support and resources to help trainees and highly qualified personnel— undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral researchers, technicians, and research associates—gain competitive advantage as they transition to  jobs in life sciences and biotechnology sectors. Since 2015, GlycoNet have provided specialized training to more than 500 HQP.

Today, GlycoNet announced 15 projects awarded to the following training programs: Summer Awards for Undergraduate Students, Research Travel and Supplements Program, and Advanced Opportunity Training Program.

Awarded TraineePrincipal InvestigatorProject TitleInstitutionProgram
Jolene GarberWade AbbottCharacterization of milk oligosaccharides for use as prebiotics and antimicrobialsAgriculture and Agri-food CanadaResearch and Travel Supplement Program
Trisha GhoshDavid KwanTowards next-generation therapeutics: structural characterization of mycobacterial galactofuranosyltransferase GlfT2 bound with artificial genetically encoded macrocyclic peptide.Concordia UniversityResearch and Travel Supplement Program
David FirerDonald SheppardIdentification of adhesive polysaccharides in amphibian pathogenic fungiMcGill UniversitySummer Awards for Undergraduate Students
Xueyan GuoMatthew MacauleyExpanding a liposome-based approach to studying Siglec-glycolipid interactionsUniversity of AlbertaSummer Awards for Undergraduate Students
Jasmine HanWesley ZandbergDevelopment of improved methods for glycan analysis by HPLC-MSUniversity of British Columbia OkanaganSummer Awards for Undergraduate Students
Julieanna KarathraLisa WillisUnderstanding the role of polysialic acid in the immune responseUniversity of AlbertaSummer Awards for Undergraduate Students
Rojine McveaLisa WillisDevelopment of a new cancer diagnostic based on serum polysialic acidUniversity of AlbertaSummer Awards for Undergraduate Students
Kamal NarayanaWesley ZandbergDevelopment of glyco-screen technologyUniversity of British Columbia OkanaganSummer Awards for Undergraduate Students
Apoorva ShrivastavaHon LeongInvestigating polysialic acid as a functional biomarker for a prostate cancer liquid biopsySunnybrook Research InstituteSummer Awards for Undergraduate Students
Summer SmythMatthew MacauleyA cell-based assay to examine substrate-specificity of sialyltransferasesUniversity of AlbertaSummer Awards for Undergraduate Students
Lena SobzeRatmir DerdaSynthesis of bicyclic peptides, antagonists of Siglec proteinsUniversity of AlbertaSummer Awards for Undergraduate Students
Yuhan ZhangStephen WithersDiscovery and characterisation of novel thioglycosidasesUniversity of British ColumbiaSummer Awards for Undergraduate Students
Poulomee BoseAlexey PshezhetskyStudy of mucopolysaccharidosis IIIC-pertinent deficits in iPSC derived human neurons.CHU Ste-JustineAdvanced Training Opportunity Program
Jolene GarberWesley ZandbergCharacterization of milk oligosaccharides for use as prebiotics and antimicrobialsUniversity of British Columbia OkanaganAdvanced Training Opportunity Program
Emily RodriguesMatthew MacauleyProbing Siglec-Sialic ccid interactions: Development of biochemical and cell-based approachesUniversity of AlbertaAdvanced Training Opportunity Program

About the Awards

Summer Awards for Undergraduate Students
Each award supports 16 consecutive weeks for an undergraduate student to pursue full-time summer research, with supervisors supplementing at least 25% from other funding sources.

Research and Travel Supplement
This program supports trainees’ living and travel expenses, up to 6 months, for a research exchange, conference, or a workshop focused on glycomics techniques.

Advanced Training Opportunity
Senior trainees will develop their research leadership and management skills as they write a mini-NSERC Discovery Grant application, which, if funded, would allow them to hire a junior trainee to conduct research for 4 months.

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