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Advances in Glycobiology (virtual)

MED 225/CHEM 237/CMM 225/BIOM 222
Offered every two years, Next Offering Spring 2021, First Day March 30, 2021
Location: Virtual meeting via Zoom
Co-Directors: Jeffrey Esko and Kamil Godula
Units: 4

*UCSD students and postdocs go to Canvas for assigned reading, study questions, and presentation materials.


Tracy Gilstrap
Education Coordinator
(858) 882-1378

*if you are off campus and would like access to the course materials please contact Tracy
Advanced elective for upper level undergraduates, graduate, and health sciences students who have taken Introduction to Glycoscience (Chem 142/242) and courses in cell biology or biochemistry. This course consists of  discussions of classic papers leading to modern concepts in glycobiology, with the objective of exploring the structure, metabolism, and function of glycans in biological systems. Students should develop a sense of the history of the field, seminal discoveries, and how these discoveries led to changes in the way scientists think about glycans. Students will make 1-2 presentations in consultation with a faculty member.

This year the course will be divided up into five modules:

  • Glycosylation Machinery and the Golgi
  • The Heparin/Heparan Sulfate Code
  • Mucosal Barriers
  • Detective Work: The Story of Dystroglycan
  • Flu and Glycan-Protein Interactions
Grading is based on regular attendance and class participation.

Selected readings from primary literature and from the textbook Essentials of Glycobiology, 3rd Edition, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, New York.