The National Career Development Consortium for Excellence in Glycosciences was created when the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) awarded four career development grants to premier institutions, each of whom have created an independent local program to train the next generation of researchers in glycosciences - the study of complex carbohydrate molecules and their roles in human development and health.
The four centers form the National Consortium, sharing their resources, training opportunities and expertise across campuses.
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The Center for Career Development BloodCenter Wisconsin
(Translational Glycomics Program) is led by Karin Hoffmeister, MD (BCW/BRI), a trained cardiologist with expertise in translational research, glycobiology, hematopoiesis, thrombopoiesis and platelets. Other PIs on this grant are 1) Nancy Dahms, PhD (MCW), a trained glycobiologist with expertise in lysosome biogenesis and function, glycan-binding receptors and lysosomal storage disease; 2) Joseph Lau, PhD (RPCI), a trained glycobiologist with expertise in glycosyltransferase function, enzymology, inflammation, hematopoiesis, and immune responses, and 3) Umesh Desai, PhD (VCU), a trained medicinal chemist with expertise in computational chemistry, synthetic chemistry, and biophysical chemistry of glycosaminoglycans (GAGs).
Nancy M. Dahms
Medical College of WisconsinLysosomal Storage Disease
Umesh R. Desai
Virginia Commonwealth UniversityGAGs / Proteomics
Translational Glycomic CenterGlycomics / Hematology / Transfusion Medicine
Joseph T.Y. Lau
Roswell Park Division, State University of New YorkGlycosylation / Hematology