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Prof. Chen’s group at UC-Davis will develop and apply efficient chemoenzymatic methods for synthesizing glycans to be used to generate glycan microarrays as essential tools for the proposed project. In addition, Prof. Chen’s expertise on the scope of the glycans to be included in the array will also be critical for the project. Prof. Chen has the expertise in developing efficient chemoenzymatic methods for synthesizing complex glycans, glycopeptides, glycolipids, and other glycoconjugates as well as carbohydrate-based inhibitors. Her group is also experienced in carrying out functional studies of carbohydrate-containing compounds in her own laboratories and by collaboration with her collaborators. By collaborating with her colleague, structure biologist Prof. Andrew Fisher, they solve crystal structures of glycosyltransferases and other carbohydrate biosynthetic enzymes. Her group is also experienced in protein crystal structure-based site directed mutagenesis for generating glycosyltransferases with improved functions.

Contributors to TRANLINK:

  • Prof. Xi Chen, PhD, Professor