Postdoctoral and graduate research


The Glycobiology Research and Training Center at UC San Diego provides many opportunities for graduate and postdoctoral training. Postdoctoral candidates interested in working with GRTC faculty should contact the individual faculty members directly. Aspiring graduate students must apply and be admitted to one of the Ph.D.-granting programs,e.g., Bioengineering, Biological Sciences, Biomedical Sciences, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Neuroscience, Scripps Institute of Oceanography. Once in a program, interested students can rotate and eventually elect one of the GRTC laboratories for their graduate work. The GRTC also sponsors special opportunities for advanced training in the glycosciences as listed below.

Program of Excellence in Glycosciences (PEG)
glycan modulation of inflammatory responses


The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) has awarded investigators at the University of California, San Diego, a program project grant as part of a national network of Programs of Excellence in Glycosciences (PEG). The goal of the PEG is to translate emerging discoveries into new diagnostics and clinical applications, to build research capacity including technological resources, and a cadre of "scientifically bilingual" investigators fluent in glycan chemistry and biology that will sustain and advance the application of glycosciences to heart, lung, and blood research. Towards this goal, the PEG located at the University of California, San Diego is currently seeking candidates holding an MD, MD/PhD, or PhD degree who wish to obtain skills in the glycosciences as related to inflammation. Successful candidates will have the opportunity to take didactic courses related to the Glycosciences, obtain hands-on experience with analytical techniques, and experience both clinical and biotechnological application of glycosciences.

Participating faculty include:
Ajit Varki, MD (Siglec Modulation of Innate Immunity and Inflammation)
Victor Nizet, MD (Microbial Glycan Mimicry and Glycosidases in Inflammatory Responses)
Jeffrey Esko, PhD (Genetic Analysis of Glycosaminoglycans in Inflammatory Responses)
Richard Gallo, MD/PhD (Hyaluronan Catabolism in Inflammatory Responses)

The UCSD PEG also aims to help develop junior faculty with interests in Glycosciences.
Three junior faculty at UCSD with current research projects in glycobiology-related research include:
Lars Bode, PhD (Biosynthesis and function of human milk oligosaccharides (HMO))
Mark Fuster, MD (Glycobiology of the lymphatic endothelium) Lab Summary
Pascal Gagneux, PhD (Role of mammalian sperm surface glycans in reproduction)
Kamil Godula, PhD (Influencing stem cell differentiation through glycan engineering)

Interested applicants should apply directly to the faculty member in whose laboratory they wish to work.