Scientific Program

11th Georgia Glycoscience Symposium

“Glycobiology in immunology and infectious diseases”

April 25, 2017

Complex Carbohydrate Research Center

University of Georgia


8:30-9:00 am               Registration and Continental Breakfast


9:00-9:05 am                    Welcome

                                                Alan Darvill, Director, Complex Carbohydrate Research

Center, University of Georgia


Session 1: Microbiome


9:05                                       Introduction


9:10-9:55 am                    “Bacterial glycosphingolipids modulate host intestinal homeostasis”

Dingding An, Professor of Pediatrics, Harvard Medical School; Boston Children’s Hospital


9:55-10:25 am                 “Examining innate immune factors against molecular mimicry”

Sean Stowell, Assistant Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine


10:25-10:55 am               “Living in the fast lane of the GI tract: the Campylobacter story”

Christine Szymanski, Professor of Microbiology; Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia


10:55-11:05 am               Poster talk #1


11:05-11:15 am               Poster talk #2


11:15 am                            Session Discussion


11:20 am-12:50 pm       Lunch and Poster Session


12:00 – 12:30 pm           Lunch presentation: Thermo Fisher Scientific (CCRC Breakroom)

“Increasing N-glycan analysis throughput with high resolution by leveraging a 24 capillary CE instrument”

                                                Wesley Straub, Applications and Strategy Leader, Thermo Fisher


Session 2: Virology/Vaccines


12:50 pm                            Introduction


12:55-1:40 pm                 “Controlling glycan structures to improve the gp120 vaccine used in the RV144 HIV vaccine trial “

Phillip Berman, Professor of Biomolecular Engineering, University of California – Santa Cruz


1:40-2:10 pm                    “Molecular determinants of Ebola virus pathogenesis”

Chris Basler, Georgia Research Alliance Eminent Scholar in Virology; Professor and Director of the Center for Microbial Pathogenesis; Georgia State University


2:10-2:40 pm                    “Developing a broadly reactive influenza vaccine “

Ted Ross, Director, Center for Vaccines and Immunology; Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Georgia


2:40-2:50 pm                    Poster talk #3


2:50-3:00 pm                    Poster talk #4


3:00 pm                               Session Discussion


3:00-3:15                            Coffee break


Session 3: Host/Pathogen Interaction


3:15-4:00                            “Polysaccharide capsule synthesis in the fungal pathogen Cryptococcus neoformans

Tamara Doering, Professor of Molecular Microbiology, Washington University of St. Louis


4:00-4:30                            Pseudomonas aeruginosa LPS O antigen chain length control”

Joanna Goldberg, Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Emory University School of Medicine


4:30-5:00                            “Reversal of diet-induced metabolic disease by sugar therapy”

Donald Harn, Professor of Infectious Diseases, University of Georgia


5:00-5:10                            Poster talk #5


5:10-5:20                            Poster talk #6


5:20-5:30                            Session Discussion


5:30-6:00                            Symposium Reception