Essentials of Glycobiology - A Survey


January 22-26, 2018                                            NCBS Graduate Elective Course         Sessions, 10:00 am- 12:00 noon and 2pm-3pm

NCBS  Coordinator:  Mukund Thattai

Course Director: Ajit Varki.

Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Cellular & Molecular Medicine

Co-Director, Glycobiology Research and Training Center (GRTC)

Co-Director, UCSD/Salk Center for Academic Research and Training in Anthropogeny (CARTA)

University of California, San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093-0687.

Adjunct Professor, Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Executive Editor,"Essentials of Glycobiology"

Every living cell in nature displays a dense and complex array of cell surface and secreted glycan chains, as well as intracellular glycosylation.  For historical and technical reasons these essential components of life were poorly incorporated into the 20th century revolution in biology––becoming the “dark matter of the biological universe”.  With improved technologies and a flood of new information, the myriad roles of glycans in biology and pathology can now be fully integrated into our understanding of life.  This course will provide and broad overview of the structure, evolution, biology, functions, pathology and practical applications regarding glycans in nature, using the text "Essentials of Glycobiology" 3rd edition, 2017 Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press. Full Text available online at NCBI, and a collection of slides presenting all figures can be found here. The online Glycobiology Glossary  Symbol Nomenclature and Study Guide may be useful.