AGC issues call for proposals for collaborative research projects

Open Call for Applications The Alberta Glycomics Centre (www.glycomicscentre.ca) invites short applications from highly talented independent investigators (pre- and post-tenure) at universities in Alberta for consideration of affiliate membership positions in an internationally recognized research hub dedicated to translational carbohydrate chemistry and glycobiology. Of particular interest are applicants committed to working with other members of the Centre on interdisciplinary and innovative projects, ideally in the areas of human and animal health, agriculture, technology development, and bioengineering. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact one or more of the Centre’s principal investigators (PIs) to discuss possibilities for potential collaboration, and to develop… read more >>

Publication in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry

Centre investigators Dr. Ratmir Derda, Dr. Todd Lowary, and Dr. John Klassen are among the collaborators on the following paper accepted for publication in Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry: "Genetically-encoded fragment-based (GE-FBD) discovery of glycopeptide ligands with differential selectivity for antibodies related to mycobacterial infections."

Cairo Research Group website goes live

As part of its ongoing commitment to support the researchers working as part of the Centre's internationally recognized research community, the AGC has partnered with BubbleUp web and marketing agency of Edmonton to upgrade not only its main website but also those of affiliated and associated lab groups. With the launch of the Cairo Research Group website on December 7th, the first phase of this enhancement has been completed. 2018 will see additional enhancements to the Centre's digital presence, as we continue to develop platforms and services that bring value to Alberta's research communities as well as to scientists from… read more >>

Klassen article on Human Milk Oligosaccharides accepted for publication

AGC Director Dr. John Klassen's article on "Screening Natural Libraries of Human Milk Oligosaccharides Against Lectins Using CaR-ESI-MS" has been accepted for publication in Analyst, the home of premier fundamental discoveries, inventions and applications in the analytical and bioanalytical sciences published by the Royal Society of Chemistry.

Finding the right molecule in a haystack of life-saving possibilities

Developing a new drug starts with identifying the molecule or "ligand" that can block the molecular target or "receptor" involved in a disease. Even with high throughput screening, finding that one functional ligand for a receptor from a haystack of millions of possible compounds is expensive, high–risk and time–consuming. Converting a promising target into a commercial drug typically takes about 15 years and costs up to $800 million. To accelerate the discovery process, Canadian Glycomics Network (GlycoNet), in partnership with the Alberta Glycomics Centre (AGC) and the Derda Research Group at the University of Alberta (U of A), launched a… read more >>

Bennett Jones IP and Alberta Glycomics Centre: Innovation Vanguards

Bennett Jones is pleased to announce it is now providing intellectual property services to the Alberta Glycomics Centre. The Centre is home to some of the world’s most accomplished experts in carbohydrate-based research and is located at the University of Alberta. The focus of the Centre’s research is understanding the interactions of carbohydrates at the molecular level and applying the knowledge toward medical and commercial uses. These include projects designed to develop vaccines against tuberculosis, bloodstream infections in hospitalized patients, various cancers and Alzheimer’s disease. “The Alberta Glycomics Centre has been a leader in innovation and commercialization in Alberta and… read more >>

Article accepted for publication in Journal of Food Engineering

AGC Core Services manager Daniel Hernandez Armada has co-authored a paper on "Enzymatic conversion of lactose into galacto-oligosaccharides" that has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Food Engineering. Click here for PDF version.

European patent granted

Pleased to report that the European Patent Office (EPO) has issued a decision to grant a European patent pursuant to Article 97(1) EPC to our technology titled "Methods and Systems for O-Glycosylating Proteins." Another successful development in our IP portfolio. Congratulations to all involved with developing and guiding this technology through the patent process.

Chemical biologist uses sugars in the body to unlock biological questions.

A field at the forefront of biomedical science, glycosciences is the study of complex roles for carbohydrates--also described as oligosaccharides or glycans--in biological systems. Going far beyond a role as an energy source, carbohydrates orchestrate many critical cellular processes, all the way from fertilization to programmed cell death. Click here for full article. Published originally by U of A Faculty of Science on November 2, 2017

Three vacancies in Klassen group lab team

The Klassen group currently has vacancies for two PhD and one post-doctoral specialists in biomolecular mass spectrometry and functional glycomics. For more information on these positions please contact Dr. John Klassen.