Photo of Beaumont Tower.
Photo of Beaumont Tower.

Dear Colleagues,

     It is my great pleasure to invite you to participate in the 14th Annual Midwest Carbohydrate and Glycobiology Symposium (MCGS), which will be held from 6pm September 21st to September 22nd, 2018 at Michigan State University.

     As you are well aware, carbohydrates are one of the most important class of biomolecules. They are present in our food, nucleic acids, cell walls of bacteria and plants and on the surface of mammalian cell surface as glycolipids and glycoproteins.  In addition, they are often found as glyco-conjugates in many medicinally important natural products.  Given their ubiquitous presence, it is not surprising that they play important roles in modulating many critical biological processes.  The fundamental understanding of carbohydrates and their biological functions is essential to fields including biomedical research, bio/nanotechnology, and renewable resources.

     Recognizing the rich tradition in glycoscience research in the Midwest, we organized the 1st MCGS in 2005. Subsequently, this annual symposium has been held at Wayne State University (hosted by Profs. David Crich, Zhongwu Guo and Peter Andreana), Ohio State University (hosted by Prof. Peng George Wang), Cleveland State University (hosted by Profs. Xue-long Sun and Jun Hu), University of Cincinnati (hosted by Prof. Suri Iyer), the University of Toledo (hosted by Profs. Steven Sucheck, Peter Andreana and Jianglong Zhu), Michigan State University (hosted by Prof. Xuefei Huang), University of Michigan (hosted by Prof. Pavel Nagorny), Central Michigan University (hosted by Prof. Ben Swarts), and University of Wisconsin (hosted by Profs. Weiping Tang, Jiaoyang Jiang and Lingjun Li). The past symposia were well attended and highly successful, where students and faculty presented their cutting edge research findings in an engaging environment. This year, we will continue this tradition of excellence at Michigan State University and make every effort to make this symposium a success. The symposium will include topics on Carbohydrate synthesis, Glycobiology, Glycotherapeutics, Glycomics, Glyco-engineering, Glyco-nanotechnology and Carbohydrates as renewable resources. Both oral and poster presentations will be accepted.

     We look forward to hosting you and welcoming you to beautiful East Lansing in September.


     Xuefei Huang

     MSU Foundation Professor

     Departments of Chemistry and Biomedical Engineering

     Institute for Quantitative Health Science and Engineering

     Michigan State University