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Webinar Series

GlycoNet/ACS Joint Webinars
Past GlycoNet Webinars

GlycoNet offers webinars on diverse topics ranging from scientific research to professional development, technical workshops, and focused seminars for the science community. In September 2020, GlycoNet has joined forces with the Carbohydrate Chemistry Division of American Chemical Society to host webinars featuring renowned researchers across North America. Each webinar is followed by a “Meet the Speakers” event at the following week to give the audience opportunities to chat with the presenters in an informal setting. 

Upcoming Webinars

November 18, 2020 | Webinar | Register here
November 25, 2020 | Meet the Speakers (Mingdi+Jessica) | Register here
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Dr. Mingdi Yan

Professor, University of Massachusetts Lowell

Carbohydrate-conjugated fluorescence turn-on azide probes for imaging cells and bacteria

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Dr. Jessica Kramer

Assistant Professor, University of Utah

Synthetic mucins: from new chemical routes to engineered cells

December 2, 2020 | Webinar | Register here
December 9, 2020 | Meet the Speakers (Simonetta+David) | Register here
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Dr. David Vocadlo

Professor, Simon Fraser University

Fluorescence-quenched substrates for monitoring glycoside hydrolase activities in mammalian cells.

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Dr. Simonetta Sipione

Professor, University of Alberta

Gangliosides in neurodegeneration and neuroinflammation

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Past 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

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