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2017

May 15
The group welcomes a new postdoctoral fellow, Tzuting Kao, from NHRI in Taiwan.

May 1
The group welcomes a new undergraduate student, Youky Shen

April 7

Congratulations to Lei for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis! Good luck as a PDF at CalTech in the Hsieh-Wilson group!

March 13
Congratulations to Richard for passing his 502 Seminar!

2016

November 29
Congratulations to Claude for successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis!  Best of luck in your position at TC Scientific!

November 21
Congratulations to Boshun for passing his candidacy exam!

November 14
Congratulations to Sicheng for passing his candidacy exam!

October 1
The group welcomes a new undergraduate student, Jeremy Nothof

September 27
Congratulations to Winston for passing his candidacy exam!

September 26
Congratulations to Boshun for passing his 502 Seminar!

September 12
Congratulations to Sicheng for passing his 502 Seminar!

September 2
The group welcomes two new graduate students Vitor Cunha and Fazheng Han.

July 27
Congratulations to Li for successfully defending her M.Sc. thesis!  Best of luck in your position at Gilead!

May 26
Congratulations to Roger for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis!  Best of luck in your PDF at Simon Fraser in the Vocadlo Lab!

February 19
Congratulations to Junfeng for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis! Good luck as a PDF in the group!

January 1
The group welcomes a new graduate student Roy Arav.

2015

December 22
Congratulations to Anushka for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis! All the best in your future endeavors.

November 23
Welcome to new graduate student Richard Brunton.

November 13
The group says goodbye to Kamar. Good luck with the upcoming birth of your son!

November 9
Congratulations to Sihma for passing his candidacy exam!

November 7
A paper entitled: "ABH-glycan microarray characterizes ABO subtype antibodies: fine specificity of immune tolerance after ABO-incompatible transplantation" has been accepted in the American Journal of Transplanatation. Congratulations Peter and Lu!

November 2
Congratulations to Chun-jui for passing his candidacy exam!

October 28
A paper entitled: "Development of an Orthagonal Protection Stategy for the Synthesis of Mycobacterial Arabinomannan Fragments" has been accepted in the Journal of Organic Chemistry. Congratulations Kamar!

October 1
Welcome to Dr. Xiaochao Xue, a post-doctoral fellow from Zhongjun Li's group in Beijing.

September 11
A paper entitled: "High resolution structures of the human ABO(H) blood group enzymes in complex with donor analogs reveal that the enzymes utilize multiple donor conformations to bind substrates in a step-wise manner" has been accepted in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Congratulations Peter and Blake!

August 17
The group says goodbye to Akihiko. Good luck in your future endeavors!

July 24
The group says goodbye to Reymart. Good luck in your M.Sc. work at De La Salle University.

April 23
Congratulations to Ryan Sweeney for passing his candidacy exam!

April 6
An manuscript entitled "DC-SIGN+ Macrophages Control the Induction of Transplantation Tolerance" has been accepted by Immunity. Congratulations Junfeng!

April 1
Congratulations to Ying Jie for passing his 502 seminar!

March 25
An manuscript entitled "Effects of phenolic glycolipids from Mycobacterium kansasii on proinflammatory cytokine release. A structure-activity relationship study" has been accepted by Chemical Science. Congratulations Hassan!

March 20
An manuscript entitled "Chemical Basis for Qualitative and Quantitative Differences between ABO Blood Groups and Subgroups: Implications for Organ Transplantation" has been accepted by the American Journal of Transplanatation. Congratulations Peter and Lu!

March 9
Congratulations to Simha for passing his 502 seminar!

March 1
Welcome to new graduate student Ying Jie (Winston) Lim.

February 23
Congratulations to Chun-jui for passing his 502 seminar!

February 15
Welcome to Reymart Sangalang, a visiting student from the Phillipines who will spend five months in the group.

February 2
An manuscript entitled "Synthesis of Unusual N-Acylated Aminosugar Fragments of Mycobacterium marinum Lipooligosaccharide IV" has been accepted by the Journal of Organic Chemistry. Congratulations Lei and Mengyao!

January 28
An invited manuscript entitled "Lipooligosaccharides from Mycobacteria. Structure, Function, and Synthesis" has been accepted by the Israeli Journal of Chemistry for a special issue in honour of Professor Chi-Huey Wong. Congratulations Bing and Chun-jui!

2014

December 8
The group says goodbye to Jihao. Good luck in your future endeavours!

December 1
A paper entitled "Absolute Configurations and Conformation of Two Frater-Seebach Alkylation Reaction Products by Film VCD and ECD Spectroscopic Analyses" has been accepted in the Journal of Organic Chemistry. Congratulations Ke and Lei!

November 24
A paper entitled "Domain interactions control complex formation and polymerase specificity in the biosynthesis of the Escherichia coli O9a antigen" has been accepted in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Congratulations Mickey!

November 17
Congratulations to Amira for passing her PhD Defense. Good luck in your future endeavours!

November 8
A paper entitled "Tulane virus recognizes the A-type III and B histo-blood group antigens" has been accepted in the Journal of Virology. Congratulations Lu!

November 1
Welcome to new graduate students Boshun Huang and Sicheng Li.

October 27
A paper entitled "Specificity of Furanoside-Protein Recognition throcugh Antibody Engineering and Molecular Modeling" has been accepted in the Chemistry A European Journal. Congratulations Parnian!

October 15
A paper entitled "Water-Soluble Photoluminescent D-Mannose and L-Alanine Functionalized Silicon Nanocrystals and Their Application to Cancer Cell Imaging" has been accepted in the Journal of Materials Chemistry B. Congratulations Ryan Snitynsky!

September 22
Congratulations to Bing for passing his PhD Defense. Good luck in your future endeavours!

August 28
A paper entitled "Application of mycobacteriophage cell binding proteins for the detection of mycobacteria" has been accepted in Bacteriophage. Congratulations Maju and Yu!

July 31
Congratulations to Parnian for passing her PhD Defense. Good luck in your future endeavours!

July 14
A paper entitled "The Three Mycobaceterium Tuberculosis Antigen 85 Isoforms have Unique Substrates and Activities Determined by Non-active Site Regions" has been accepted in Journal of Biological Chemistry. Congratulations Maju!

June 27
Alberta Innovates Health Solutions Studentship results are out! Congratulations to Roger for receiving a studentship award.

May 20
Congratulations to Lei for passing his candidacy exam!

April 15
A paper entitled "Synthesis of Carbohydrate Methyl Phosphoramidates" has been accepted in Organic Letters. Congratulations Roger!

April 14
Congratulations to Ryan Sweeney for passing his 502 seminar!

April 1
Congratulations to Ryan Snitynsky for successfully defending his M.Sc. thesis. Good luck in your future endeavours!

March 26
Congratulations to Santu for successfully defending his M.Sc. thesis. Good luck at ChemRoutes!

March 11
A paper entitled "Inhibitors of Cytokine Release by Mycobacterium tuberculosis Phenolic Glycolipid Analogs" has been accepted in ChemBioChem. Congratulations Hassan!

March 10
A paper entitled "Sulfonium Ions as Inhibitors of the Mycobacterial Galactofuarnosyltransferase GlfT2" has been accepted in Medicinal Chemistry. Congratulations Jing!

February 27
The group says goodbye to Tatsuto. Good luck in your Ph.D. work at Osaka University.

2013

December 13
A paper entitled "Biological roles of the O-methyl phosphoramidate capsule modification in Campylobacter jejuni" has been accepted in PLOS ONE. Congratulations Roger!

December 10
A paper entitled "Synthesis of Nitrogen-Containing Furanose Sugar Nucleotides for Use as Enzymatic Probes" has been accepted in Org. Lett. Congratulations Ryan Snitynsky!

November 26
Congratulations to Claude for passing her candidacy exam!

November 1
Welcome to new graduate students Narasimharao Thota, Li Zhang, and Chun-Jui (Anthony) Chu.

October 14
A paper entitled "Specificity of a UDP-GalNAc Pyranose-Furanose Mutase. A Potential Therapeutic Target for Campylobacter jejuni Infections" has been accepted in ChemBioChem. Congratulations Myles!

September 3
Welcome to Tatsuto Kiuchi, a visiting student from Japan who will spend six months in the group.

August 5
A paper entitled "Mycobacterial Phenolic Glycolipids with a Simplified Lipid Aglycone Modulate Cytokine Levels via Toll-Like Receptor 2" has been accepted in ChemBioChem. Congratulations Hassan!

July 26
The group says goodbye to Vitor. Best of luck in your last year of school in Brazil!

July 1
The group says goodbye to Shuting. Good luck finishing up your degree in Singapore!

June 24
A paper entitled "Synthesis of the tolerance inducing oligosaccharide lacto-N-fucopentaose III bearing an activated linker" has been accepted in ChemistryOpen. Congratulations Junfeng and Lu!

May 28
Welcome to Dr. Akihiko Koizumi, a post-doctoral fellow from Yukishige Ito's group in Japan.

May 15
A paper entitled "Amphiphilic cytosolic glycans from mycobacteria. Occurrence, lipid-binding properties, biosynthesis and synthesis" has been accepted in Biopolymers. Congratulations Lily!

May 7
Congratulations to Lei for passing his 502 seminar!

May 2
Welcome to Vitor Cunha, a visiting student from Brazil who will spend three months in the group.

April 24
Alberta Innovates Technology Future results are out! Congratulations to Claude and Roger for receiving studentship awards.

April 1
A paper entitled "Conserved glycolipid termini in capsular polysaccharides synthesized by ABC transporter-dependent pathways in Gram-negative pathogens" has been accepted in Proceedings of the National Academy, U.S.A. Congratulations Mickey!

March 31
The group says goodbye to Yu and Cunsheng. Good luck in your future endeavors!

March 28
A paper entitled "Comparison between DFT- and NMR-based conformational analysis of methyl galactofuranosides" has been accepted in Carbohydrate Research. Congratulations Mickey and Yu!

March 19
A paper entitled "Glycosylations with 2,3-Aziridinofuranose Derivatives" has been accepted in Tetrahedron. Congratulations Faiaz!

March 18
Welcome to new post-doctoral fellow Dr. Kamar Sahloul!

March 13
A paper entitled "Regioselective Polymethylation of α(1-4)-linked Mannopyranose Oligosaccharides" has been accepted in the Journal of Organic Chemistry as a Feature Article. Congratulations Lily!

February 11
Congratulations to Claude for passing her 502 seminar!

January 21
Congratulations to Lily for successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis!

January 16
Congratulations to Roger for passing his Candidacy exam!

January 9
Congratulations to Faiaz for successfully defending his M.Sc. thesis!

January 2
Welcome to Shuting Cai, a graduate student from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, who will spend six months in the group.

2012

November 7
Congratulations to Junfeng for passing his 502 seminar!

October 9
Congratulations to Parnian for successfully defending her Candidacy exam!

October 8

A paper entitled "The galactosamine residue in mycobacterial arabinogalactan is α-linked" has been accepted in the Journal of Organic Chemistry. Congratulations Wejie and Lu!

October 1
A review entitled "Conformational Analysis of Furanoside-Containing Mono- and Oligosaccharides" has been accepted in Chemical Reviews. Congratulations Hashem and Mickey!

September 20
Welcome to new graduate student Ryan Sweeney.

September 16
A paper entitled "Domain Organization of the Polymerizing Mannosyltransferases Involved in Synthesis of Escherichia coli  O8 and O9a Lippolysaccharide O Antigens" has been accepted in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Congratulations Mickey!

September 15
Congratulations to Myles for successfully defending his PhD thesis! Good luck in Schramm lab at Albert Einstein in your postdoc.

August 30
Welcome to new undergraduate student Mengyao (Aaron) Dong.

August 8
A paper entitled "Biosynthesis of the Polymannose Lipopolysaccharide O Antigens from Escherichia coli Serotypes O8 and O9a Requires a Unique Combination of Mannosyltransferase Modules in Single- and Multi-Active Site Enzymes" has been accepted in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Congratulations Mickey!

July 12
A paper entitled "Synthesis of trisaccharides incorporating the α-Gal antigen functionalized for neoglycoconjugate preparation" has been accepted in the ARKIVOC as part of a special issue in trubute to Professor Richard R. Schmidt.

June 29
A paper entitled "Studies on the substrate specificity of a GDP-mannose pyrophosphorylase from Salmonella enterica" has been accepted in the Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry as part of a thematic issue "Synthesis in the Glycosciences". Congratulations Lu and Blake!

June 20
Congratulations to Mickey for winning a presentation award at the most recent Canadian Society for Chemistry meeting, which was held in Calgary.

June 19
Alberta Innovates-Technology Futures results are out! Congratulations to Junfeng and Lei for receiving studentship awards and to Ryan, who received a top-up to his NSERC CGSM award.

June 15
A paper entitled "Tetrameric structure of GlfT2 reveals a scaffold for the assembly of mycobacterial arabinogalactan" has been accepted in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Congratulations Blake and Mickey!

June 5
A paper entitled "Carbohydrate-Lipid Interactions. Affinities of Methylmannose Polysaccharides for Lipids in Aqueous Solution" has been accepted in Chemistry, A European Journal. Congratulations Yu and Lily!

May 29
Congratulations to Todd for winning a 2012 Rutherford Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and the 2012 Bernard Belleau Award of the Canadian Society for Chemistry.

May 17
Congratulations to Mickey for sucessfully defending her Ph.D. thesis!  Good luck in the Szymanski lab in your postdoc.

May 3

Congratulations to Roger for passing his 502 seminar.

April 30
The group's recent paper in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry was selected as a "HOT article" by the journal and highlighted in Chemical & Engineering News (April 30, 2012 issue).

April 3
Congratulations to Ryan for receiving an NSERC CGSM Award.

March 15
Congratulations to Lisa Shulman, an undergraduate who will work in the laboratory this summer for receiving an NSERC USRA award.

March 12
A paper entitled "Revisiting the specificity of an α-(1ā4)-mannosyltransferase involved in mycobacterial methylmannose polysaccharide biosynthesis" has been accepted in ChemBioChem.  Congratulations Lily and Blake!

March 5
Congratulations to Anushka for successfully passing his candidacy examination.

March 2
A paper entitled “Synthetic UDP-galactofuranose analogs reveal critical enzyme–substrate interactions in GlfT2-catalyzed mycobacterial galactan assembly” has been accepted in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry.  Congratulations Myles and Ruokun!

March 1
Welcome to Jöern Saupe, a new postdoctoral fellow in the group from the Jörg Rademann's group at the Free University Berlin and Huu-Anh Tran, a new research associate from Dave Bundle's group at the University of Alberta.

February
27
The group's collaborative research with the groups of David Bundle, Glen Armstrong, John Klassen and Kenneth Ng, is recognized with the Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering from NSERC.

February 9
The group receives a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to identify new biomarkers for tuberculosis.  The grant is being matched 1:1 by CIHR.

January 27
A paper entitled A specific antibody based assay shows potential for detecting tuberculosis in resource constrained laboratory settings” has been accepted in PLOSOne.  Congratulations Susmita!

January 16
Congratulations to Hassan for successfully defending his PhD thesis!  Good luck in your PDF in the Bundle group at the UofA.

January 6
The group says goodbye to Patrice.  Good luck in your new position in the Kumar group at the Cross Cancer Institute.

January 4
Welcome back Yi, who will work in the group this semester as a 401 student.

2011

December 9
The group says goodbye to Chuenwei and Leah.  Good luck finishing up your degrees!

November 21
Welcome to new graduate students Ryan Snitynsky and Lei Wang.

November 17
Welcome to Ke Shen, a postdoc from Xiaoming Feng’s group at Sichuan University.

November 12
Congratulations to Mickey for winning second place in the oral presentation competiton at the Fourth Banff Symposium on Organic Chemistry.

October 30
The group says goodbye to Ritu.  Good luck finishing up your degree at the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata.

October 13
A manuscript entitled “Reconstruction of the Chain Termination Reaction in Biosynthesis of the Escherichia coli O9a O-polysaccharide; the Chain-length Regulator, WbdD, Catalyzes the Addition of Methyl Phosphate to the Non-reducing Terminus of the Growing Glycan has been accepted in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Congratulations Dianjie and Mickey!

October 3
Welcome to Lu as she takes on a new role in the group, as a technician.

September 30
The group says goodbye to Jian.  Good luck finishing up your degree at Zhejiang University.

September 28
Congratulations to Parnian for passing her 502 seminar.

September 27
Congratulations to Lu for successfully defending her M.Sc. thesis.  She starts in the lab as a technician on October 3.

September 7
Welcome to Leah Gaskin and Yu-Hsuan (Jeff) Liu, who will work in the lab this semester as 401/403 students.

August 30
The group welcomes Ritu Raj, an integrated BSc/MSc student from the Indian Institute of Science Education and Research, Kolkata, who will spend two months in the lab as a visiting student.

August 25
A paper entitled Synthesis of the 6-O-methyl-D-glycero-a-L-gluco-heptopyranose moiety present in the capsular polysaccharide from Campylobacter jejuni NCTC 11168” has been accepted in the Organic Letters.  Congratulations Wenjie, Anushka and Aki!

August 23
The group says goodbye to Peter.  Good luck in the UofA MBA Program.

August 19,20
Some of the group goes camping in Jasper.

August 8
Congratulations to Todd for being elected a Fellow of the Fellow of the American Chemical Society.

August 3
A paper entitled Conformation analysis  of oligoarabinofuranosides: overcoming torsional barriers with umbrella sampling has been accepted in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation.  Congratulations Simon, Hashem, Mickey!

July 23
Congratulations to Todd Lowary's Ball Busters who won third place in the Department of Chemistry's 2011 Erlenmeyer Cup.  See some pictures here.

July 3
Welcome to Jian Guo, an undergraduate student from Zhejiang University, who will spend three months in the group.

June 22
Congratulations to Lily for winning a poster prize at the 94th Canadian Society for Chemistry Meeting in Montreal.

June 21
Congratulations to Myles for winning the award for the best Chemical Biology 502 Seminar for 2009-2011 academic years.

June 20
A paper entitled “The Overall Architecture and Receptor Binding of Pneumococcal Carbohydrate Antigen Hydrolyzing Enzymes” has been accepted by the Journal of Molecular Biology.  Congratulations Peter!

June 2
Congratulations to Bing for successfully completing his Candidacy Exam.

June 1
Congratulations to Anushka for successfully completing his 502 seminar and for being awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship.

May 19
Congratulations to Amira for successfully completing her Candidacy Exam.

May 15
Congratulations to Myles for winning the 2011 Boehringer-Ingelheim Award in the Department of Chemistry.

May 9

Welcome to Chuenwei Leong and Yi Zhai, two undergraduates who will work in the group for the summer.

April 26
Congratulations to Myles for being one of 40 graduate students nationwide to be supported by CIHR to attend the 2011 Canadian Student Health Research Forum and CIHR National Poster competition.

April 7
Congratulations to Todd for winning the Faculty of Science Award for Excellent Teaching.

April 1
The group moves in the new space in the Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science. Click here for some pictures of the move.

Congratulations to Khalid and Chuenwei for securing NSERC USRA's for the summer.

March 25
A paper entitled: "Biocompatible Carbohydrate-Functionalized Stainless Steel Surfaces: A New Method for Passivating Biomedical Implants" has been accepted by ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces. Congratulations Peter!

March 3

A paper entitled: "Synthesis and NMR Studies on the ABO Histo-Blood Group Antigens: Synthesis of Type III and IV Structures and NMR Characterization of Type-I-IV Antigens" has been accepted by Carbohydrate Research. Congratulations Peter!

February 16
Congratuations to Amira for successfully completing her 502 seminar.

February 14
A paper entitled: "Effect of carbohydrate amino group modifications on the cytotoxicity of glycosylated 2-phenyl-benzo-β-thiophenes and 2-phenyl-benzo-β-furans" has been accepted by Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters.  Congratulations Wei!

January 28
The group says goodbye to Aki.  Good luck in your new position as an Assistant Professor at Gifu University!

January 8
A paper entitled: "Structure-activity relationships in glycosylated 2-phenyl-indoles, 2-phenyl-benzo-β-thiophenes and 2-phenyl-benzo-β-furans as DNA binding and potential anti-tumor agents" has been accepted by Bioorganic and Medicinal Chemistry. Congratulations Wei!

January 5
Congratulations to BJ for successfully defending his MSc degree.

2010

December 14
Congratulations to Todd for being elected as a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

December 13
A paper entitled: “Theoretical Investigations on the Conformation of the β-Arabinofuranoside Ring” has been accepted in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation.  Congratulations Hashem!

December 6
Congratulations to Bing for passing his 502 seminar.

November 15
Welcome to new graduate students Roger Ashmus, Santu Mandal and Junfeng Zhang.
 
October 29
The group says goodbye to Mohamed.  Good luck in your new position in the Back group at the University of Calgary.
 
October 27
A paper entitled “Synthetic UDP-furanoses as potent inhibitors of mycobacterial galactan biogenesis” has been accepted in Chemistry & Biology.  Congratulations Ruokun, Jean, Maju and Blake!
 
October 25
A paper entitled “Cytotoxcity and Topoisomerase I/II Inhibition of Glycosylated DNA-Binding Agents Designed as Functional Anthracycline Mimetics” has been accepted in Bioorg. Med. Chem. Congratulations Wei!

October 18
Congratulations to Lily for winning the best Organic Division 502 for the 2009-2010 academic year.
 
October 4
Congratulations to Lily for Passing her Candidacy Exam.

October 1
Welcome (back) to Yu Bai a new technician in the group.

September 21
The "tolerogen" project is highlighted by Alberta Innovates.

September 8
A paper entiteld “Synthesis and NMR Spectroscopic Analysis of Acylated Pentasaccharide Fragments of Mycobacterial Arabinogalactan” has been accepted in Org. Biomol. Chem. Congratulations Chunjuan and Mickey!

August 17
A paper entitled "Synthesis of ABO Histo-blood Group Type I and II Antigens” has been accepted in Carbohydrate Research." Congratulations Peter!
 
August 6
Members of the group return from the 25th International Carbohydrate Symposium in Tokyo.  See some pictures here
 
July 28
Congratulations to Anushka for receiving a Provost Doctoral Entrance Award.

July 13
A paper entitled "β-Selective Arabinofuranosylation Using a 2,3-O-Xylylene-protected Donor” has been accepted in the Organic Letters. Congratulations Aki!

July 4
A paper entitled “Probing the Effect of Acylation on Arabinofuranose Ring Conformation in Di- and Trisaccharide Fragments of Mycobacterial Arabinogalactan” has been accepted in the Journal of Organic Chemistry. Congratulations Chunjuan and Mickey!

June 29
A paper entitled "Characterization of recombinant UDP-galactopyranose mutase  from Aspergillus fumigatus" has been accepted in the Archives of Biochemistry and Biophysics. Congratulations Myles!

June 28
A review entitled "Methods to Study the Biosynthesis of Bacterial Furanosides" has been accepted in Methods in Enzymology. Congratulations Myles!

June 21
Congratulations to Hashem for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis. Good luck in your postdoc at Ohio State in the Hadad group

May 26
A paper entitled "Determination of the Absolute Configuration of Bicyclo[3.1.0]hexane Derivatives via Electronic Circular Dichroism, Optical Rotation Dispersion and Vibrational Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory Calculations" has been accepted in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry.  Congratulations Jing!

May 25
A paper entitled "STD-NMR Studies of Two Acceptor Substrates of GlfT2, a Galactofuranosyltransferase from M. tuberculosis: Epitope Mapping Studies" has been accepted in Biooranic and Medicinal Chemistry Letters.  Congratualtions Blake and Gladys!

May 11
Welcome to Joey Sheff and Khalid Aman, undergraduates who will spend the summer working in the group.

May 10
Congratulations to Sean, who won the Best Overall Oral Presentation Award at the 2010 Western Canadian Undergraduate Chemistry Conference in Lethbridge.

May 4
Congratulations to Mickey for being selected as 1 of only 15 students to give an oral presentation at the ACS Division of Organic Chemistry Graduate Research Symposium, at Boston College in July, 2010.

April 27
Congratulations to Hashem, who has been awarded a travel award to attend the International Carbohydrate Symposium in Tokyo in August, 2010.

February 10
Congratulations to Lily for passing her 502 seminar.

February 1
Congratulations to Myles for passing his candidacy examination.  

January 29
Goodbye to Yu, a technician and former M.Sc. student in the group, who starts a new position at Gilead Alberta.  

January 15
Goodbye to Wenjie, a postdoc in the group, who starts a new position as a research associate in the Paulson lab at Scripps.

2009

November 27
Congratulations to Jing for successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis. Good luck in your postdoc at the University of Leiden.

November 25
A paper entitled “Determination of the Absolute Configurations of Synthetic Daunorubicin Analogues Using Vibrational Circular Dichroism Spectroscopy and Density Functional Theory” has been accepted in Chirality. Congratulations Wei and Eric!

November 16
Welcome to new graduate students Faiaz Ahmed, Anushka Jayasuriya and Parnian Lak.

November 12
A paper entitled “Characterization of a Bifunctional Pyranose–Furanose Mutase from Campylobacter jenuni 11168” has been accepted in the Journal of Biological Chemistry. Congratulations Myles!

November 2
A paper entitled “Conformational analysis of arabinofuranosides: Prediction of 3JH,H using MD Simulations with DFT-derived Spin–Spin Coupling Profiles” has been accepted in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. Congratulations Hashem and Castillo!

October 24
Congratulations to Myles for passing his 502 seminar.

October 13
A paper entitled "Synthesis and Antibacterial Activity of Aminosugar-Functionalized Intercalating Agents" has been accepted in Carbohydrate Research. Congratulations Wei!

October 8
A paper entitled “Epimeric and amino disaccharide analogs as probes of an alpha-(1,6)-mannosyltransferase involved in mycobacterial lipoarabinomannan biosynthesis” has been accepted in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. Congratulations Tony!

September 25
Congratulations to Chunjuan for successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis. Good luck at Oxford in Ben Davis' group.

September 21
Congratulations to Mickey for winning the best Organic Division 502 for the 2007-2008 academic year.

September 11
Congratulations to Tony for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis.

September 3
Welcome to Sean Liew, an undergraduate working on a Chemistry 401 project.

August 25
Welcome to Patrice Plaza-Alexander, a postdoc from Gurdial Singh's group at the University of the West Indies.

August 18
Welcome to Mohamed Changalov, a postdoc from Paul Berti's group at McMaster University.

August 3
A paper entitled "2,3-Anhydrosugars in Glycoside Bond Synthesis. Mechanism of 2-Deoxy-2-Thioaryl Glycoside Formation" has been accepted in The Journal of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations Dianjie and Hashem!

July 29
A review entitled "Recent Advances in the Synthesis of 2-Deoxy-glycosides" has been accepted in Carbohydrate Research. Congratulations Dianjie!

July 6
A review entitled "Natural Occurring and Synthetic Polyyne Glycosides" has been accepted in The Canadian Journal of Chemistry. Congratulations Yanqing!

June 29
A paper entitled "Structural insights into host recognition of mycobacterial polysaccharides" has been accepted by the Journal of Molecular Biology. Congratulations Blake, Maju and Yu

June 18
Congratulations to Hashem, whose poster entitled "MD-Determined Coupling Constants: Derivation of Karplus Relationships for Arabinofuranosides" won one of three poster prizes (out of a total of 92 posters) at the Carbohydrates Gordon Research Conference.

June 12
A paper entitled "Synthesis and DNA-Binding Affinity Studies of Glycosylated Intercalators Designed as Functional Mimics of the Anthracycline Antibiotics" has been accepted in Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. Congratulations Wei!

June 3
A paper entitled "2,3-Anhydrosugars in Glycoside Bond Synthesis. Application to Furanosyl Azides and C-glycosides" has been accepted in Tetrahedron. Congratulations Dianjie!

May 20
A paper entitled "STD-NMR Studies Suggest that Two Acceptor Substrates for GlfT2, a Bifunctional Galactofuranosyltransferase Required for the Biosynthesis of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Arabinogalactan, Compete for the Same Binding Site" has been accepted in ChemBioChem. Congratulations Gladys and Blake!

May 12
A review entitled "Chemistry and biology of galactofuranose-containing polysaccharides" has been accepted in ChemBioChem. Congratulations Mickey!

May 6
Welcome to Rahul Deo, an undergraduate from IIT-Kharagpur, who will spend two months in the lab this summer.

May 1
Welcome to new graduate student Amira Khalil

April 30
Welcome to new undergraduate student Anushka Jayasuriya

April 29
Congratulations to Peter who, as a member of a four-person team, won first-place at the 2009 Alberta Ingenuity Entrepreneur Camp

April 20
Congratulations to Alan for successfully defending his M.Sc. thesis. Have fun traveling around Europe this summer!

April 16
Congratulations to Hassan for passing his candidacy examination.

April 6
Congratulations to Yanqing for successfully defending her M.Sc. thesis. Good luck at Gilead!

March 10
A paper entitled “Synthesis of ABO Histo-blood Group Type V and VI Antigens” has been accepted in the Australian Journal of Chemistry special issue dedicated to Bob Stick. Congratulations Peter!

March 6
A paper entitled “Molecular basis of Arabinobio-Hydrolase Activity in Phytopathogenic Fungi. Crystal Structure and Catalytic Mechanism of Fusarium Graminearum GH93 α-L-Arabinofuranosidase” has been accepted in the Journal of Biological Chemistry special issue dedicated to Bob Stick. Congratulations Simon and Tony!

February 23
A review entitled “Glycosyl Iodides. History and Recent Advances” has been accepted in Carbohydrate Research. Congratulations Peter and Alan!

February 17
A paper entitled “2,3-Anhydrosugars in Glycoside Bond Synthesis. Application to 2,6-Dideoxy-pyranosides”has been accepted as a Feature Article in the Journal of Organic CHemistry. Congratulations Dianjie!

February 16
Welcome to Akihiro Imamura, a postdoc from Makoto Kiso's group at Gifu University.

February 2
Congratulations to Dianjie for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis. Good luck at Johns Hopkins in the Greenberg group!

2008

December 2
Congratulations to Mickey for passing her candidacy examination.

November 28
Welcome to new graduate students Lu Zou and Bai Bing.

November 24
A paper entitled "Conformational Studies of Methyl beta-D-Arabinofuranoside using the AMBER/GLYCAM Approach" has been accepted by the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation. Congratulations Hashem and Castillo!

November 20
Congratulations to Wei for successfully defending his Ph.D. thesis. Good luck at Johns Hopkins in the Liu group!

November 19
Congratulations to Hassan for passing his 502 seminar.

October 17
Congratulations to Tony for securing a post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Karl Scheidt at Northwestern University.

September 28
Welcome to Cunsheng Zhu, a postdoc from Biao Yu's group at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry

September 23
Congratulations to Ruokun for successfully defending his M.Sc. thesis. Good luck in the Li group!

August 13
A paper entitled “Sugar-substituted poly(para-phenyleneethynylenes) and their interaction with concanavalin A and bacteria” has been accepted by Macromolecules. Congratulations Yu and Bjorn!

June 17
A paper entitled “Biosynthesis of mycobacterial arabinogalactan: identification of a novel alpha-(1,3) arabinofuranosyltransferase” has been accepted by Molecular Microbiology. Congratulations Yu!

May 28
A paper entitled "Transfer of the first arabinofuranose residue to galactan is essential for mycobacterial viability" has been accepted by the Journal of Bacteriology. Congratulations Ruokun!

May 28
Congratulation to Simon for winning first prize in the Organic Undergraduate Poster Competition at the CSC meeting.

May 22
Congratulations to Gladys for successfully defending her Ph.D. thesis.

May 20
Congratulations to Dianjie for securing a post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Marc Greenberg at Johns Hopkins University.

May 12
Congratulations to Mickey for passing her 502 seminar

May 5
Welcome to Hanna Pena, an undergraduate who will work in the group for the summer.

May 5
Welcome to Virginie Liautard, an graduate student in the group of Olivier Martin at Universite de Orleans, who will spend two weeks in the group.

May 1
Congratulations to Hashem for being awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship

May 1
Congratulations to Jing for being awarded a Dissertation Fellowship

April 10
A paper entitled “Synthesis of Galactofuranose Containing Acceptor Substrates for Mycobacterial Galactofuranosyltransferases” has been accepted in The Journal of Organic Chemistry. Congratulations Gladys!

April 3
Congratulations to Hashem for passing his candidacy examination

March 17
A paper entitled “Development of a coupled spectrophotometric assay for GlfT2, a bifunctional mycobacterial galactofuranosyltransferase” has been accepted for publication in Carbohydrate Research. Congratulations Tish, Jean, Blake, Ruokun and Gladys!

March 15
Congratulations to Myles for being awarded a studentship from Alberta Ingenuity

March 3
Congrats to Tony for winning the 2008 Boehringer-Ingelheim Award in the Department of Chemistry.

February 26
A paper entitled “Synthesis of 8-azidooctyl glycoside derivatives of the O-chain repeating unit of Escherichia coli O9a lipopolysaccharide and a methylated analogue” has been accepted for publication in Carbohydrate Research. Congratulations Dianjie and Fredrik!

January 26
Congratulations to Maju on the birth of his son Alvin

January 21
Congratulations to Hashem for passing his 502 seminar

January 14
A paper entitled “Synthesis of Bicyclo[3.1.0]hexane Derivatives as Conformationally-Restricted Analogues of beta-Arabinofuranosyl and alpha-Galactofuranosyl Rings” has been accepted for publication in Organic Letters. Congratulations Jing!

January 11
A paper entitled “ABO(H) blood group A and B glycosyltransferases recognize substrate via specific conformational changes” has been accepted in the Journal of Biological Chemsitry. Congratulations Yu!

January 10
Congratulations to Alan for being awarded an Alberta Learning Scholarship

January 5
Congratulations to Hassan on the birth of his daughter Hana

 

2007

December 10
Congratulations to Dianjie for being awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Scholarship

December 5
Congratulations to Ruokun for passing his 502 seminar

December 1
Congratulations to Wei for being awarded the Marie Arnold Cancer Research Graduate Scholarship.

November 21
Welcome to new graduate students Sanyo Mathew, Myles Poulin and Li (Lily) Xia

November 19
A paper entitled “Galactosyltransferases in mycobacterial cell wall synthesis” has been accepted in the Journal of Bacteriology. Congratulations Gladys and Tish!

November 12
Congratulations to Mickey for winning the best oral presentation prize at the Third Banff Symposium on Organic Chemistry.

October 30
A paper entitled “An approach for the simulation and modeling of flexible rings. Application to the alpha-D-arabinofuranoside ring, a key constituent of polysaccharides from Mycobacterium tuberculosis” has been accepted in the Journal of Chemical Theory and Computation Congratulations Castillo and Robert!

October 15
Congratulations to Jing for passing her candidacy exam.

October 9
A paper entitled “Exploring the substrate specificity of a mycobacterial polyprenol monophosphomannose-dependent alpha-(1,6)-mannosyltransferase” has been accepted for publication in ChemBioChem. Congratulations Tony!

October 1
A paper entitled “Stereoselective synthesis of 2-Deoxy-furanosides from 2,3-Anhydro-furanosyl Thioglycosides” has been accepted for publication in Organic Letters. Congratulations Dianjie!

September 15
Congratulations to Wei for securing a post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Jun O. Liu at Johns Hopkins University.

August 28
A paper entitled “Synthesis of the ‘primer-adaptor’ trisaccharide moiety of Escherichia coli O8, O9 and O9a lipopolysaccharide” has been accepted for publication in Carbohydrate Research. Congratulations Chunjuan and Fredrik!

August 28
Welcome back to Simon Byrns who will work as a technician in the group.

August 28
Welcome to Andrew Stewart, an undergraduate who will work in the group in Fall Semester on a 401 Project.

August 6
Our paper entitled “Synthesis of the Docosanasaccharide Arabinan Domain of Mycobacterial Arabinogalactan and a Proposed Octadecasaccharide Biosynthetic Precursor”, which appeared in The Journal of the American Chemical Society, was featured in Chemical and Engineering News.

July 4
Welcome to Holly Severin, a high school student who will work in the group for the next six weeks as part of the WISEST program.

June 28
A paper entitled “Ligand specificity of CS-35, a monoclonal antibody that recognizes mycobacterial lipoarabinomannan. A model system for oligofuranoside-protein recognition” has been accepted in The Journal of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations Christoph, Glen, Hy0-Sun, Blake, Chunjuan, Hashem and Ruel!

June 12
A paper entitled “Synthesis of the Docosanasaccharide Arabinan Domain of Mycobacterial Arabinogalactan and a Proposed Octadecasaccharide Biosynthetic Precursor” has been accepted in The Journal of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations Maju, Yu and Ruel!

May 18
Congratulations to Jing for being awarded a studentship from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.

May 14
Welcome to Valery Bazira-Girishaka, an undergraduate who will work in the group for the summer.

May 7
Welcome to Karmen Ko, an undergraduate who will work in the group for the summer.

May 7
Welcome to the new graduate students, Mickey, Alan and Hassan, who will get research started after finishing classes.

May 1
Welcome to Peter Meloncelli, a postdoc from Bob Stick's group at the University of Western Australia

May 1
A paper entitled “Synthesis of a Panel of Deoxy and Methoxy Analogs of the alpha-Manp-(1,6)-a-Manp-O(CH2)7CH3 Acceptor Substrate for a Polyprenolphosphomannose-Dependent Mycobacterial Mannosyltransferase” has been accepted in Carbohydrate Research. Congratulations Tony!

April 25
Congratulations to Hassan for being awarded a studentship from the Alberta Ingenuity.

April 2
Congratulations to Tony for passing his candidacy exam

March 20
Congratulations to Alissa and Michelle for securing NSERC USRA awards for the summer.

March 15
Todd Lowary has received the 2007 Carbohydrate Research Award for Creativity in Carbohydrate Chemistry.

March 9
Congratulations to Wei for winning the 2007 Boehringer-Ingelheim Award in the Department of Chemistry.

February 27
A paper entitled: “Identification of Intelectin-1 and -2 as Novel Stat6-dependent Genes Expressed in Lung and Intestine During Helminth Infection” has been accepted in Experimental Parisitology. Congratulations Gladys!

February 14
A paper entitled: Synthesis of daunorubicin analogs containing truncated aromatic cores and unnatural monosaccharide residues” has been accepted by The Journal of Organic Chemistry. Congratulations Eric and Wei!

2006

December 16
Congratulations to Mickey for being awarded a studentship from the Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research.

December 1
Welcome to Wenjie Peng, a postdoc from Biao Yu's group at the Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry

November 27
A paper entitled: “Solid State 17O-NMR in Carbohydrates” has been accepted in Chemical Physics Letters. Congratulations Justin!

August 21
A paper entitled: “Synthesis of 2-deoxy-2-fluoro analogs of polyprenyl beta-D-arabinofuranosyl phosphates” has been accepted in Carbohydrate Research. Congratulations Maju!

November 22
Congratulations to Chunjuan for passing her candidacy exam.

October 23
Congratulations to Tony for passing his 502 seminar.

October 5
Papers entitled "2,3-Anhydrosugars in Glycoside Bond Synthesis. Application to alpha-D-Galactofuranosides” and “Synthesis of a Pentasaccharide Fragment of Varianose, a Cell Wall Polysaccharide from Penicllium varians” have been accepted in The Journal of Organic Chemistry. Congratulations Yu!

August 31
Congratulations to Dianjie for passing his candidacy exam.

August 4-6
Group trip to Banff for hiking.  See Pictures

August 3
A paper entitled "Synthesis of L-Daunosamine and L-Ristosamine Glycosides Via Photoinduced Aziridination.  Conversion to Thioglycosides for Use in Glycosylation Reactions" has been accepted in The Journal of Organic Chemistry. Congratulations Matt and Peng!

June 15
Congratulations to Tony for being awarded a studentship from Alberta Ingenuity.

May 1-6
Todd Lowary visits Academica Sinica, National Tsing Hua University and National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan as a recipient of a Fellowship for Foreign Distinguished Scholars from the National Science Council of Taiwan.

April 10
Congratulations to Chunjuan for passing her 502 seminar.

March 26
A paper entitled "Expression, Purification and Characterization of a Galactofuranosyl-transferase Involved in Mycobacterium tuberculosis Arabinogalactan Biosynthesis" has been accepted in The Journal of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations Tish, Gladys and James.

March 14
A paper entitled "Synthesis of n-octyl 2,6-dideoxy-alpha-L-lyxo-hexopyranosyl-(1,2)-3-amino-3-deoxy-beta-D-galactopyranoside, an analog of the H-disaccharide antigen" has been accepted in the Carbohydrate Research. Congratulations Yu, Guizhong and James.

February 8
A paper entitled "The 5-Deoxy-5-Methylthio-Xylofuranose Residue in Mycobacterial Lipoarabinomannan.   Absolute Stereochemistry, Linkage Position, Ring Conformation and Immunomodulatory Activity" has been accepted in The Journal of the American Chemical Society. Congratulations Maju, Gladys, Hashem and Dan

January 25
Congratulations to Yu for successfully defending his M.Sc. thesis

2005

December 13
A paper entitled "Chemical and Chemoenzymatic Synthesis of a Trisaccharide Fragment of Tsukamurella paurometabola Lipoarabinomannan" has beenaccepted in the Canadian Journal of Chemistry. Congratulations Wei, Karen and James!

December 6
Congratulations to Dianjie for passing his 502 seminar.

November 30
Congratulations to Wei for passing his candiday exam.