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GlycoNet offers webinars on diverse topics ranging from scientific research to professional development, technical workshops, and focused seminars for the science community. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve and limit in-person opportunities to network, we encourage speakers and attendees to stick around after webinars for informal discussion and networking. 


Past Joint Webinar

Past GlycoNet Webinars

Season 1 (April – June 2020)

No. overall No. in season Speakers & titles
1 1 Dr. Christopher Cairo, Associate Professor, University of Alberta
Inhibitors of human neuraminidase enzymes as probes in glycobiology
Mirat Sojitra, Graduate Student, University of Alberta
Genetically encoded multivalent liquid glycan array (LiGA)
2 2 Dr. Andrew Lees, Founder and Scientific Director, Fina Biosolutions
Simplifying conjugation: ready to conjugate CRM197 carrier protein
3 3 Dr. Robert Woods, Professor, University of Georgia
3D models of glycosylated SARS-CoV-2 protein suggest challenges for vaccine development
Dr. Jolene Garber, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of British Columbia Okanagan
Campylobacter jejuni chemotaxis and metabolism of fucose
4 4 Dr. Lori Yang, CEO & CSO, Lectenz Bio
Lectenz and GlycoSense: novel tools for glycan detection and analysis
5 5 Dr. Matt Macauley, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
Modulation of microglia by the glycan-binding protein CD33
Carla Eymard, Graduate Students, Institut de recherches cliniques de Montreal
From free radical chemistry to novel classes of bioactive modified furanosides
6 6 Dr. Anne Krook, Practical Workplace Advice
A guide to non-academic job search
7 7 Dr. Karla Williams, Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia
Polysialic acid as a prognostic marker in breast cancer
Sadia Rahmani, Graduate Student, Ryerson University
O-GlcNAc modification affects clathrin-coated pit assembly and efficiency at the plasma membrane
8 8 Panel Discussion ft. Drs. David Vocadlo, Stephanie White, and Kaley Wilson
What I wish I knew: a chat with researchers, patent experts and entrepreneurs
9 9 Dr. Lynne Howell, Professor, The Hospital for Sick Children
Exopolysaccharide biosynthesis
Dr. Ryan Sweeney, Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Alberta
Development of an active site titration reagent for amylases
10 10 Andrew MacIsaac, CEO, Applied Pharmaceutical Innovation
Navigating commercial development with API
11 11 Dr. Molly Shoichet, Professor, University of Toronto
Polysaccharide hydrogels enable local drug and cell delivery
Akay Akohwarien, Research Technician, University of Saskatchewan
Designing novel chemical tools to study β-glucocerebrosidase: a relevant biomarker and therapeutic target in Parkinson's Disease
12 12 Sabrina Sassi, TEDx Speaker
Leveraging TED to spread your research ideas: how and why researchers are doing it

Season 2 (July – August 2020)

No. overall No. in season Speakers & titles
13 1 Dr. Parastoo Azadi, Executive Director, Analytical Services, Complex Carbohydrate Research Centre
Glycobiology of SARS-CoV2 and its implications for vaccine development
Dr. Supriya Dey, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Harvard University
Programmable one-pot synthesis of heparin and heparin-related anticoagulants
14 2 Dr. Robert Ben, Professor, University of Ottawa
Improving the efficacy of modern cellular therapies
Dr. François Le Mauff, Post-Doctoral Fellow, McGill University
Structural and biochemical characterization of the exopolysaccharide deacetylase Agd3 required for aspergillus fumigatus biofilm formation
15 3 Dr. David Pamer, Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Writing an effective grant proposal
16 4 Dr. David Kwan, Assistant Professor, Concordia University
A set of chemical biology tools to probe and inhibit cellular glycosyltransferases
Shermaine Sy, B.Sc, University of Alberta
Development of a bead-based assay for ABO antibody detection: creating a new tool for the clinical laboratory
17 5 Drs. Kate Pratt and Jonathon Simmons, Academic Success Centre, University of Alberta
A workshop for scientific writers
18 6 Dr. Chris Phenix, Assistant Professor, University of Saskatchewan
Chemical tools for studying glucosidase activity in complex biological samples
F. Ifthiha Mohideen, Graduate Student, Concordia University
An engineered in vitro enzymatic pathway for the anticancer anthracycline deoxysugars: TDP-L-acosamine and TDP-L-daunosamine
19 7 Dr. Rebecca Davis, Associate Professor, University of Manitoba
Computational approaches for designing small molecule inhibitors
20 8 Dr. Robert Britton, Professor, Simon Fraser University
De novo synthesis of nucleoside analogues for medicinal chemistry purposes
Dr. Kristen Low, Post-Doctoral Fellow, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Bioprospecting CAZymes from intestinal microbiomes for the tailored degradation of non-starch dietary polysaccharides

Season 3 (September – December 2020)

No. overall No. in season Speakers & titles
21 1 Dr. Lara Mahal, Professor, University of Alberta
Exploring the roles of glycosylation in infection and immunity
Dr. Peter Rahfeld, Research Associate, University of British Columbia
From gut to blood: how to make universal donor blood
22 2 Dr. Mary Cloninger, Professor, Montana State University
Lactose-functionalized dendrimers and dendritic polyglycerols for binding to galectin-3
Dr. Pumtiwitt McCarthy, Associate Professor, Morgan State University
Bacterial capsule polymerases as tools to improve human health
23 3 Dr. Warren Wakarchuk, Professor, University of Alberta
Protein engineering of 21st century drugs through the application of synthetic biology
Dr. Landon Edgar, Post-doctoral fellow, Scripps Research
Invigorating T cells through carbohydrate editing
24 4 Dr. Theresa M. Reineke, Professor, University of Minnesota
Glycopolymers promote in vivo and ex vivo delivery of functional nucleic acids
Dr. Jodi Hadden-Perilla, Assistant Professor, University of Delaware
The fuzzy boundaries of carbohydrate binding sites
25 5 Dr. Mark Nitz, Professor, University of Toronto
Exploring a low affinity probe for the biofilm-associated poly-N-acetylglycosamine exopolysaccharide
Dr. Sandra Irmisch, Research Associate, University of British Columbia
A novel anti-diabetic compound from plants: biosynthesis, gene discovery, and metabolic engineering of montbretin A
26 6 Dr. Mingdi Yan, Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell
Carbohydrate-conjugated fluorescence turn-on azide probes for imaging cells and bacteria
Dr. Jessica Kramer, Assistant Professor, University of Utah
Synthetic mucins: from new chemical routes to engineered cells
27 7 Dr. David Vocadlo, Professor, Simon Fraser University
Fluorescence-quenched substrates for monitoring glycoside hydrolase activities in mammalian cells
Dr. Simonetta Sipione, Professor, University of Alberta
Gangliosides in neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation

Season 4 (January – June 2021)

No. overall No. in season Speakers & titles
28 1 Dr. Geert-Jan Boons, Professor, University of Georgia
Probing receptor and co-receptor specificities of coronaviruses using chemo-enzymatic synthesis and glycoarray technology
Dr. Hien Nguyen, Professor, Wayne State University
Discovery of sulfated glycopolymers as potent inhibitors of heparanase and SARS-CoV-2
29 2 Dr. Jennifer Kohler, Associate Professor, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Intestinal fucose, in sickness and in health
Catherine Alex, Graduate Student, University of Missouri-St. Louis
Methodologies for stereocontrolled mannosylation with acidic and/or aminosugars
30 3 Dr. Jia Niu, Assistant Professor, Boston College
A general approach to early-stage O-sulfation of carbohydrates and peptides
Erum Razvi, Graduate Student, SickKids Hostpial
Identifying the role of the Pseudomonas aeruginosa PelA hydrolase in Pel polysaccharide biosynthesis
31 4 Dr. Chantelle Capicciotti, Assistant Professor, Queen's University
Glycan remodelling with chemical tools to probe glycan-protein interactions
Jiayi Li, Graduate Student, Wayne State University
Phenanthroline-catalyzed glycosylation: expansion of substrate scope and investigation of mechanism
32 5 Dr. John Hanover, Chief, Laboratory of Cell and Molecular Biology, NIDDK at National Institutes of Health
O-GlcNAc and Disease
Matthew Deen, Graduate Student, Simon Fraser University
A light in the darkness: GBA1-FQ6 a new tool for studying glucocerebrosidase a Parkinson’s disease associated glycoside hydrolase
33 6 Dr. Sabine Flitsch, Professor, Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
Synthetic and analytical tools for glycobiology
Shaochi Wang, Graduate Student, University of Maryland
Development of colorimetric and fluorometric oligosaccharide probes enabling high-throughput screening for glycosyl hydrolase enzymes
34 7 Dr. Charlie Fehl, Assistant Professor, Wayne State University
Real-time chemical tools for dynamic O-GlcNAc glycoprotein functions
Dr. Adam Forman, Post-doctoral Researcher, University of Toronto
Development of substrates to characterize PgaB, a hydrolase involved in the synthesis of the biofilm exopolysaccharide dPNAG
35 8 Dr. Kelly McNagny, Professor, University of British Columbia
CD34-type sialomucins: general regulators of cell adhesion and migration and targets for cancer immunotherapy
Dr. Jicheng Zhang, Post-doctoral Researcher, Wayne State University
Trisaccharides with specific sulfation sequences in modulating heparanase activity
36 9 Dr. Kamil Godula, Associate Professor, University of California San Diego
Functional polymeric glycomaterials for regulating stem cell differentiation
Kristina Klobucar, Graduate Student, McMaster University
A chemical screen for vancomycin antagonism uncovers probes of the Gram-negative outer membrane
37 10 Dr. Christoph Rademacher, Professor, University of Vienna
Application of glycomimetics for the development of topical vaccines
Jonathan Quirke, Graduate Student, University of Georgia
Glycosidase and glycosyltransferase transition state stabilization through substrate side chain restriction
38 11 Dr. Nicola Pohl, Professor, Indiana University Bloomington
How to Make Glycan Synthesis FAIR* (* Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable)
Hanna Ostapska, Graduate Student, McGill University
Exopolysaccharides in co-operative biofilm formation by A. fumigatus and P. aeruginosa
39 12 Dr. Wade Abbott, Research Scientist, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Glyco-enabling tools for study of microbial glycan metabolism in agriculture
Daniel Ramirez, Graduate Student, Harvard University
Engineering a proximity-directed OGT to control O-GlcNAc signaling
40 13 Dr. Ben Swarts, Associate Professor, Central Michigan University
Commandeering mycobacterial carbohydrate metabolism for applications in tuberculosis research
Emily Rodrigues, Graduate Student, University of Alberta
Leveraging avidity of Siglec-ligand interactions with a versatile soluble Siglec scaffold
41 14 Dr. Lori West, Professor, University of Alberta
Bringing 21st century tools for ABO antibody detection into the clinical laboratory
Courtney Kondor, Graduate Student, Wayne State University
Development of photo-controlled sugar labeling reagents to track disease processes
42 15 Dr. Catherine Grimes, Professor, University of Delaware
Peptidoglycan and you, perfect together?
Dr. Abhishek Bhatatcherjee, Post-Doctoral Researcher, University of Alberta
Role of CD33 isoforms in Alzheimer’s Disease susceptibility
43 16 Dr. Alisdair Boraston, Professor, University of Victoria
O-glycopeptidases: the complex substrate recognition determinants of peptidases with a sweet tooth
Adam Kositzke, Graduate Student, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Elucidating the substrate binding mode of O-GlcNAc transferase toward O-GlcNAcase using electrophilic probes
44 17 Dr. Tianning Diao, Associate Professor, New York University
Photoredox C-glycosylation of glycosyl esters
Dr. Nikki Salmond, Post-doctoral Researcher, University of British Columbia
Extracellular vesicle-associated glycans for the diagnosis and prognostication of breast cancer
45 18 Dr. Samy Cecioni, Assistant Professor, University of Montreal
Chemical strategies for live cell quantitative imaging of glycoside hydrolase activity
Dr. Yun Ge, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Harvard University
Target protein deglycosylation in living cells by a nanobody-fused split O-GlcNAcase
46 19 Dr. Sander van Kasteren, Associate Professor, University of Leiden
Carbohydrate-Lectin Interactions – A love/hate story
Sarah Zaytsoff, Graduate Student, University of Alberta and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
The role of the intestinal microbiota and mucus in disease resistance to necrotic enteritis in chickens
47 20 Dr. Lisa Willis, Assistant Professor, University of Alberta
Glycoengineering polysialic acid: insights into sex differences in human polysialic acid
Nichole Pedowitz, Graduate Student, University of Southern California
MYPT1 O-GlcNAcylation regulates sphingosine-1-phosphate mediated fibroblast contraction
48 21 Dr. Jiaoyang Jiang, Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Madison
How can one regulate so many? Structural features of O-GlcNAcase in substrate recognition
Revathi Reddy, Graduate Student, University of Alberta
The ABCs of profiling ABO antibodies using Liquid Glycan Array

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