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 Trainee||Principal Investigator||Project Title||Institution||Program|
|Jolene Garber||Wade Abbott||Characterization of milk oligosaccharides for use as prebiotics and antimicrobials||Agriculture and Agri-food Canada||Research and Travel Supplement Program|
|Trisha Ghosh||David Kwan||Towards next-generation therapeutics: structural characterization of mycobacterial galactofuranosyltransferase GlfT2 bound with artificial genetically encoded macrocyclic peptide.||Concordia University||Research and Travel Supplement Program|
|David Firer||Donald Sheppard||Identification of adhesive polysaccharides in amphibian pathogenic fungi||McGill University||Summer Awards for Undergraduate Students|
|Xueyan Guo||Matthew Macauley||Expanding a liposome-based approach to studying Siglec-glycolipid interactions||University of Alberta||Summer Awards for Undergraduate Students|
|Jasmine Han||Wesley Zandberg||Development of improved methods for glycan analysis by HPLC-MS||University of British Columbia Okanagan||Summer Awards for Undergraduate Students|
|Julieanna Karathra||Lisa Willis||Understanding the role of polysialic acid in the immune response||University of Alberta||Summer Awards for Undergraduate Students|
|Rojine Mcvea||Lisa Willis||Development of a new cancer diagnostic based on serum polysialic acid||University of Alberta||Summer Awards for Undergraduate Students|
|Kamal Narayana||Wesley Zandberg||Development of glyco-screen technology||University of British Columbia Okanagan||Summer Awards for Undergraduate Students|
|Apoorva Shrivastava||Hon Leong||Investigating polysialic acid as a functional biomarker for a prostate cancer liquid biopsy||Sunnybrook Research Institute||Summer Awards for Undergraduate Students|
|Summer Smyth||Matthew Macauley||A cell-based assay to examine substrate-specificity of sialyltransferases||University of Alberta||Summer Awards for Undergraduate Students|
|Lena Sobze||Ratmir Derda||Synthesis of bicyclic peptides, antagonists of Siglec proteins||University of Alberta||Summer Awards for Undergraduate Students|
|Yuhan Zhang||Stephen Withers||Discovery and characterisation of novel thioglycosidases||University of British Columbia||Summer Awards for Undergraduate Students|
|Poulomee Bose||Alexey Pshezhetsky||Study of mucopolysaccharidosis IIIC-pertinent deficits in iPSC derived human neurons.||CHU Ste-Justine||Advanced Training Opportunity Program|
|Jolene Garber||Wesley Zandberg||Characterization of milk oligosaccharides for use as prebiotics and antimicrobials||University of British Columbia Okanagan||Advanced Training Opportunity Program|
|Emily Rodrigues||Matthew Macauley||Probing Siglec-Sialic ccid interactions: Development of biochemical and cell-based approaches||University of Alberta||Advanced 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.
For more information on GlycoNet’s Training Program, visit: https://canadianglycomics.ca/training/
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