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Consortium for Excellence in Glycosciences | Scholars

Amina Abbadi, PhD

Mentors: Vincent Hascall & George Muschler, Cleveland Clinic

The role of Intracellular hyaluronan and TSG-6 in monocyte/macrophage biology and differentiation under a hyperglycemic stress

Daniel Kwame Afosah, PhD

Mentor: Umesh Desai, Virginia Commonwealth University

Isolation and structural characterization of Glycosaminoglycans

Anabel G. Alvarenga, PhD 

Mentors: Jean Kim & Ronald Schnaar, Johns Hopkins University

Siglec-8 ligand expression in healthy and diseased patients

Phillip Bartels

Phillip Bartels, PhD

Mentor: Yitzhak Tor, UC San Diego

Developing Guanidinylated Neomycin-Enzyme Conjugates to Treat Lyososomal Storage Disorders Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

Julia Callender

Julia Callender, PhD

Mentor: Christina Sigurdson, UC San Diego

Manipulating PrP glycan structure to understand toxic signaling pathways driving prion-incuced neurodegeneration

Dillon Chen, MD

Mentor: Ajit Varki, UC San Diego

Characterize the roles of polysialic acids and Sialic acid-binding immunoglobulin-type lectins (SIGLECs) in the brain

Jiaxuan Chen, PhD

Mentor: Elliot Chaikof, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Podoplanin Glycopeptide Mimetics for Treatment of Venous Thrombosis

Jane Cheng, MD

Mentor: Richard Cummings, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Identification of carbohydrate antigens and its application in human diseases and disorders

Sun-Mi Choi

Sun-Mi Choi, MD, PhD

Mentor: Victor Nizet, UC San Diego

Upper airway mucosal responses to MRSA in CRS

Dorothy Contiguglia-Akcan, MD

Mentor: Robert Sackstein, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Glycobiology of exosomes

Adam Kanack, PhD

Mentor: Nancy Dahms, Medical College of Wisconsin

Platelet and myeloid cell phenotypes in a rat model of Fabry disease

So-Young Kim

So-Young Kim, PhD

Mentor: Mark Fuster, UC San Diego

Glycosaminoglycan-based lung cancer immunotherapy

Melissa Lee-Sundlov, PhD

Mentor: Karin Hoffmeister, Wisconsin Blood Research Institute

The Role of Sialylation and Lectin Receptors in Blood Production in the Bone Marrow

Kyriakos Papanicolaou, PhD

Mentors: Brian O'Rourke & Natasha Zachara, Johns Hopkins University

Dynamics and Impact of O-GlcNAcylation in Experimental Heart Failure

Ryan Porell

Ryan Porell, PhD

Mentor: Kamil Godula, UC San Diego

Design and Synthesis of Fluorogenic Proteoglycan Mimetic Polymers

Kai-Ting Shade, PhD

Mentor: Robert Anthony, Massachusetts General Hospital

Novel Role of Sialic Acids in IgE Biology

Ruth Siew, MD

Mentor: Victor Nizet, UC San Diego

Sialic acid interactions in cystic fibrosis

Angelica Maciel Gomes Ueltschy, PhD

Mentors: Mark Aronica & Vincent Hascall, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Hyaluronan function in adipogenesis and metabolism

Priya Umapathi, MD

Mentors: Mark Anderson & Gerald Hart, Johns Hopkins University

O-GlcNAcylation in Heart Failure

Yan Wang, MD, PhD

Mentors: Vincent Hascall & Edward Maytin, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Delineation of the role of Hyaluronan in regulating fibroblast function in normal and diabetic skin wound healing and obesity


Ryan Weiss, PhD

Mentor: Jeffrey D. Esko, UC San Diego

CRISPR-Cas9 Dissection of Heparan Sulfate

Sheena (Tianxin) Yu, PhD

Mentor: Joseph Lau, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Glycobiology in Hematopoietic Stem Cells

Chris (Jinchao) Zhang, PhD

Mentor: Joseph Lau, Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

The role of the sialyltransferases and sugar donors from platelets in regulating the sialylation


Program Alumni

Waseem Anani, MD

Mentor: Karin Hoffmeister, Wisconsin Blood Research Institute

Glycomics in transfusion medicine - Defining glycans in outcomes

Chen Chen, MD, PhD

Mentor: Nancy Dahms, Medical College of Wisconsin

Therapeutic peptides based on carbohydrate-binding against neutrophil migration

Michelle Ducasa, PhD

Mentor: Philip Gordts, UC San Diego 

The role of heparan sulfate proteoglycans in non-shivering thermogenesis

Samuel Merrill, MD, PhD

Mentors: Ronald Schnaar & Robert Brodsky, Johns Hopkins University

The role of complement in sickle cell disease and hyperhemolysis

John O'Malley, MD, PhD

Mentor: Robert Sackstein, Brigham and Women's Hospital

Defining the glycosignature of E-selectin ligands in skin-tropic hematologic malignancies

Richard Sanchez, PhD

Mentor: Gulcin Pekkurnaz, UC San Diego

O-GlcNAc dependent cytoskeletal influences on mitochondrial localization under varying cellular metabolic states

Kathryn Stackhouse, MD

Mentor: Richard D. Cummings, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

Glycans as Early Detection Biomarkers and Therapeutic Targets in Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma