Highlights


The first two commercially available automated glycan synthesizers in the United States were installed in the GlycoMIP user facility at Virginia Tech in late September 2021. The instruments are the 11th and 12th instruments produced by GlycoUniverse. Mario Salwiczek and Kim Le Mai Hoang, respectively the CEO and chief chemist of GlycoUniverse, traveled from Germany to install the instruments and provide training over the course of a week. The Glyconeers® use technology analogous to solid-phase peptide chemistry to systematically build sugars on a resin, producing a defined oligosaccharide.

The GlycoMIP SURF program offers a unique path to reach and engage prospective graduate students. The existing FLSI SURF program offers GlycoMIP the opportunity to participate in an existing program that, for many years, has successfully introduced undergraduate students to graduate-level research. Through this partnership, GlycoMIP offers students a comprehensive experience, including professional development workshops, significant laboratory work, and one-on-one mentorship by a faculty member or research scientist.
GlycoMIP hosted its first Summer School, a virtual event. The event featured 15 instructors and offered content aligned with the GlycomMIP Facilities of synthesis, analysis and modeling services.
As part of its outreach mission, GlycoMIP provided education about glycomaterials to high-school STEM teachers through the Teacher Enrichment Program of the Center for Excellence in Education.