New Tools to Explore the Biology of Bacterial Polysaccharides

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Session I., Bacterial Polysaccharides: Tools & Use Cases 

1:00 – 3:00 p.m. EDT

Chair, Dr. Danielle Dube


Dr. Danielle Dube, ACS CARB Division Secretary & Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Bowdoin College Metabolic inhibitors of bacterial glycan biosynthesis

Dr. Pumtiwitt McCarthy, Chair, ACS Maryland Section & Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry, Morgan State University Interdisciplinary strategies to investigate biosynthesis of Neisseria meningitidis-derived polysaccharides

Dr. Benjamin M. Swarts, Associate Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, Central Michigan University Chemical tools for probing glycolipid dynamics and protein interactions in Mycobacteria

Dr. Jerry Troutman, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Charlotte Tagged polyisoprenoids for the investigation of bacterial polysaccharide biosynthesis pathways

Dr. Suzanne Walker, Professor of Microbiology, Department of Microbiology, Harvard Medical School Tools to study assembly and degradation of the bacterial cell wall

Dr. Dennis L. Kasper, William Ellery Channing Professor of Medicine and Professor of Immunology, Department of Immunology, Blavatnik Institute, Harvard Medical School Bacterial glycosphingolipids and immunomodulation on iNKTcells

2:45 p.m., Break

Session II., New CF-GSP Tools for Bacterial Polysaccharides & Use Cases

3:00-4:30 p.m. EDT

Chair, Dr. Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes  


Dr. Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes, Chair, CF-GSP Tools Group & Professor, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, University of Delaware & 
Dr. Nina Salama, Dr. Penny E. Petersen Memorial Chair for Lymphoma Research; Professor, Human Biology Division; Professor, Public Health Sciences Division; Affiliate Professor, Basic Sciences Division, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center,  Probes to track and illuminate bacterial peptidoGLYCANS

Dr. Sean Stowell, Medical Director, Center for Apheresis, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Joint Program in Transfusion Medicine, Harvard Medical School Use of Carbohydrate Binding Probes to Define Novel Host-Microbial Interactions  

Dr. Laura L. Kiessling, Novartis Professor of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Probes of Polysaccharide Assembly in Bacteria 

Dr. Barbara Imperiali, Professor of Biology and Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Filling the GAP with mGAPs (Microbial Glycan Analysis Probes)

Dr. Stefan Ruhl, Professor and Associate Chair, Department of Oral Biology, School of Dental Medicine, University at Buffalo Harnessing the Oral Microbiome to Create Novel Glycan-Binding Probes

Round Table Discussion: Present Capabilities & Future Needs for Tools/Reagents   

4:30 p.m. EDT

Co-chairs: Dr. Catherine Leimkuhler Grimes & Dr. Danielle Dube

5:00 p.m. EDT, Conclude

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