The GlycoNet Trainee Association (GTA) is composed of the students, postdoctoral fellows, technicians, and research associates affiliated with the Canadian Glycomics Network.
The GTA Executive Committee (GTA-EC) represents the interests of all members of the Association. In addition to providing a trainee perspective to the GlycoNet training program, the Committee will also help facilitate networking events and meetings, contribute to Network communications, and work to promote GlycoNet to the broader community. The GTA-EC meets regularly to discuss ideas and issues that matter most to the next generation of Canadian glycomics scientists, and to help ensure that GlycoNet trainees have access to a diverse set of opportunities during their time in the Network.
The GTA 2019-2020 Executive Committee
Symposium Committee Representative
The Symposium Committee Representative is responsible for the coordination for the professional development and trainee activities of the annual Canandian Glycomics Symposium. The Representative sits as a member of the GlycoNet’s Symposium Committee as the GTA’s voice.
I obtained my B.Sc. in Chemistry from The Ohio State University in 2011. While there, I performed undergraduate research with Professor Christopher Callam, which jump-started my love for carbohydrate synthesis and biochemistry. In 2012, I moved to Canada, where I completed my Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry under the supervision of Professor Todd Lowary from the University of Alberta in 2018. My Ph.D. project focused on the preparation of polyprenol pyrophosphate-based probes of lipopolysaccharide O-antigen biosynthesis from Klebsiella pneumoniae. I then moved west to the University of British Columbia, where I joined the laboratory of Professor Stephen Withers in 2018 as a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow. My current research focuses on improving the understanding of, and developing new inhibitors for, α-amylases, particularly for human pancreatic α-amylase.
I am a M.Sc candidate in department of Chemistry at the University of Guelph. I received a B.Sc in Biological and Pharmaceutical Chemistry also from the University of Guelph in 2018 My current research focuses on isolating and characterizing cell surface polysaccharides for further use a vaccine candidates. My research interests include organic synthesis, biopolymers, and nD-NMR techniques. In my spare time I like to be outdoors hiking, hunting, and fishing. I also enjoy watching hockey and skating.
I am a research technician in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Saskatchewan. I have my B.Sc. in Chemistry (Major) and Environmental Studies (Minor) from Queen’s University and an M.Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Saskatchewan. My M.Sc. research focused on the synthesis and kinetic analysis of conduritol aziridine inhibitors of GCase, an enzyme associated with Parkinson’s disease. After completing my degree in September 2019, I started work as a technician with Dr. Christopher Phenix. My current project focuses on developing novel conduritol aziridine compounds that would reversibly and irreversibly label GCase in vivo/ex vivo in mice models. I am interested in medicinal chemistry research that is translational and has the potential for practical applications in health care. When I am not working, I enjoy playing badminton, dancing, sharing a meal with friends, and spending time with neighbours in the inner-city of Saskatoon.
I am a Chemical Biology PhD student in Dr. Macauley’s lab in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Alberta. Previously I have completed a MSc (Organic Chemistry) and BSc (Chemistry and Medinical Cell Biology) from the University of Western Ontario. My current research focuses on trying to identify natural sialic acid containing ligands for proteins found on immune cells, Siglecs. I also am designing a cell-based assay in order to test how modified sialic acid alters the binding to Siglecs. These will potentially increase the ability to treat certain diseases in which the immune system is used against us, such as in cancer and autoimmune diseases. Aside from the lab I enjoy curling and playing soccer.