2024 GlycoMIP Short Course: Glycomaterial Synthesis

Important Information
  • Program Dates: June 11 – 13, 2024
  • Application – here
  • Agenda Information – here
  • Instructor Listing – here


Virginia Tech
Steger Hall (Room 118 and GlycoMIP Laboratories)
1015 Life Science Circle
Blacksburg, VA  24061

What You Will Learn: 

This 2.5-day workshop will provide an overview of the four major approaches to glycomaterial synthesis (i.e. Solid phase assembly, continuous flow, biocatalysis, and polymerization) and will dive into the fundamentals of carbohydrate chemistry, polysaccharide modification, glycomaterial purification and structural analysis.  In-lab exercises will complement the lectures and guide participants through building block synthesis via flow chemistry, Glyconeer synthesis of an oligosaccharide, enzymatic polymerization of xylan, and synthetic polymerization of dextran.  A workshop on the last day will summarize the approaches and test the comprehension of the participants as they consider strategies on how to efficiently design target glycomaterials.      

Who Should Attend: 

Experienced carbohydrate or polysaccharide chemists who are interested in enhancing their knowledge and technical skills in glycomaterials synthesis are encouraged to apply.  This is an advanced short, course taught by experts in the field at GlycoMIP’s Virginia Tech User Facility location.  Applicants must have experience with carbohydrate or polysaccharide chemistry beyond an introductory level, and be proficient in an organic synthesis laboratory environment.  Industry and academic scientists, including postdoctoral researchers and advanced graduate students are, encouraged to apply.  Space is limited as a result of significant time in the laboratory. Applicants will be asked to select whether they are requesting full participation (with labs) or lectures only when they apply.

Cost and Application Requirements: 

There is no cost for the short course, as it is funded by GlycoMIP’s National Science Foundation’s award (DMR-1933525).  The application process is open to individuals working or studying in the U.S.  International applications cannot be considered at this time.  Participants will be selected from completed applications received by the due date of Friday, April 12, 2024.  Participants are responsible for their own travel arrangements and expenses.  Travel assistance may be available for attendees from Non-R1/MSI/HBCU universities.


The application for 2024 GlycoMIP Short Course: Glycomaterial Synthesis can be found here. Deadline to apply – April 12, 2024.

Travel Information and Lodging:

Details about travel and lodging will be provided to successful applicants in April 2024.

For More Information:

Contact Linda Caudill, Managing Director, at lcaudill@vt.edu or 540-231-7092.

GlycoMIP is funded by the National Science Foundation through cooperative agreement DMR-1933525.

Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s)
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