Faculty Members


Name/Degree(s)RankPrimary (& Secondary) Appointment(s)Role in ProgramResearch Interrest
Amster, I. Jonathan, Ph.D.ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry, University of GeorgiaMentor, Co-P.I.Development of mass spectrometric analyses of glycosaminoglycans
Avci, Fikri, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentor

Activation of the adaptive immune response against carbohydrate antigens

Azadi, Parastoo, Ph.D.Senior Research ScientistComplex Carbohydrate Research Center, UGAMentor

Structural analysis of oligosaccharides, glycoproteins, and glycolipids by mass spectrometry

Bar-Peled, Maor, Ph.D.ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentorBacterial Bio-film biosynthesis and deposition
Barb, Adam, Ph.D.Associate ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentorHow glycosylation affects protein function
Boons, Geert-Jan, Ph.D.ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry, UGAMentorSynthesis of glycans and glycoconjugates; vaccine development
Crich, David, Ph.D.Eminent Scholar and ProfessorDepartment of Chemistry, UGAMentorSynthesis of carbohydrates, drug development
Dalton, Stephen, Ph.D.ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentorRegulation of embryonic stem cell differentiation down diverse lineages
Edison, Arthur, Ph.D.Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar and ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentorMetabolomics and Glycomics of C. elegans
Haltiwanger, Robert, Ph.D.GRA Eminent Scholar in Biomedical Glycoscience, ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentor, Co-P.I.Role of glycosylation in development, cancer and protein folding
Harn, Donald, Ph.D.Georgia Research Alliance Distinguished Investigator and ProfessorDept. of Infectious Diseases, UGAMentorGlycans as inhibitors of innate immunity
Hart, Gerald, Ph.D.Eminent Scholar and ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentorRole of glycosylation in diabetes, cancer and biology
Hines, Kelly, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorDept. of Chemistry, UGAMentorStructure and function of bacterial glycolipids
Kannan, Natarajan, Ph.D.ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentorSystems, informatics and synthetic biology approaches to investigate sequence, structure, function, disease relationships in glycoenzymes
Leach, Franklin, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorDept. of Chemistry, UGAMentorMass spectral analysis of glycosaminoglycan structures
Mohnen, Debra, Ph.D.ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentorPlant cell wall biosynthesis and production of improved plants
Moremen, Kelley W., Ph.D.Research ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentorBiochemistry, molecular biology structural biology, and regulation of protein glycosylation
Pierce, J. Michael, Ph.D.Research Professor,Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentorCancer and stem cell glycomics and glycomarkers; lectins in innate immunity
Prestegard, James H., Ph.D.Professor, Eminent ScholarDept. of Chemistry (joint)Dept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentorNMR spectroscopy of glycan-protein interactions; new NMR technologies
Szymanski, Christine, Ph.D. ProfessorDept. of Microbiology UGAMentorBiosynthesis and function of bacterial glycans
Tiemeyer, Michael, Ph.D.ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentorRegulation of tissue-specific glycan expression in development and disease
Trent, Stephen, Ph.D.Distinguished ProfessorDept. of Infectious Diseases, UGAMentorBacterial polysaccharide biosynthesis
Urbanowicz, Breeanna, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentorInvestigating the mechanism of plant polysaccharide synthesis  to develop enzymatic routes for synthesis of new polymers and bioinspired materials.
Weiss, Ryan, Ph.D.Assistant ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentorInvestigating the regulatory mechanisms of glycosylation using genomic, chemical, and genetic approaches with particular focus on the discovery of novel drugs and targets to treat human diseases.
Wells, Lance, Ph.D.ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology,Adjunct Dept. of   Chemistry, UGAMentorO-Glycosylation in Diabetes, Cancer, and Congenital Muscular Dystrophy
West, Chris, Ph.D.Head, ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentorParasite Glycobiology; glycosylation in the nucleus and cytoplasm
Wood, Zachary A., Ph.D.ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGAMentor
Woods, Robert, Ph.D.ProfessorDept. of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, UGA (joint) Dept of Chemistry, Nat’l University of Ireland, Galway, IrelandMentorDevelopmens of Computational Tools for studying glycan-protein interactions