Department of Biochemistry

Hector F. DeLuca Biochemistry Laboratories Room 471B
433 Babcock Drive
Madison, WI 53706-1544

Department of Chemistry
5132a Chem Building
1101 University Ave
Madison, WI 53706-1544

Phone: (608) 262-0541

Labs in Biochemistry
Rooms 333 & 357:
(608) 262-0005

Labs in Chemistry,
Rooms 5137 & 5539:
(608) 262-9234

(608) 265-0764


Laura L Kiessling


Professor and MacArthur Foundation Fellow, (also Department of Chemistry)
B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology;
Ph.D., Yale University


Biomolecular recognition processes; the chemistry and biology of protein-saccharide interactions

All cells on Earth possess a carbohydrate coat. Emerging evidence indicates that this coat serves as a critical conduit of information, but little is known at the molecular level. Elucidating how carbohydrates are assembled, how they are recognized, and how they function are issues at the scientific frontier. Using ideas and approaches that range from synthetic chemistry to cell biology, our research group is addressing the critical issues at this frontier. A summary of the key elements of our research program along with relevant references can be found in the links below.

Chemistry to Explore and Exploit Multivalent Protein-Carbohydrate Interactions

Multivalent Carbohydrates as New and Powerful Probes of Signal Transduction

Carbohydrate Polymer Biosynthesis: A New Target for Anti-Tuberculosis Agents

Carbohydrate Polymer Biosynthesis: Controlling Length

Carbohydrate Polymers and Human Embryonic Stem Cell Pluripotency




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