Chemistry Driven Glycoscience

Steven Townsend, Vanderbilt University

Carbohydrates are the most abundant organic molecules on earth and are critical to a myriad of biological processes. The Vanderbilt Laboratory for Glycoscience uses a blend of synthetic organic chemistry and microbiology to elucidate the biological roles of carbohydrates, with a foci on advances in chemical synthesis and learning new mechanistic concepts. Our discussion will be divided into two categories: (1) the synthesis of structurally and biologically compelling complex carbohydrates, and (2) application of the host defense properties of human milk.

Read more about Steven Townsend and his work on his Vanderbilt University faculty profile.

Host: Tim Wencewicz