Introduction to Glycoscience
(Chem 142 / 242)

OFFERED: Winter Quarter 2018

The primary aim is to provide an overview of fundamental facts, concepts, and methods in glycoscience. The course is structured around major themes in the field starting from basic understanding of structure and molecular interactions of carbohydrates, to the mechanisms of their biological functions in normal and disease states, to their applications in materials science and energy generation. This is a lecture course geared to introduce undergraduates and graduate students with limited prior exposure to the field, supported by selected readings and class notes.

Prerequisites: Organic Chemistry sequence and Biochemistry are required. Additionally, one course in either General Biology, Molecular Biology, or Cell Biology is strongly encouraged. Or, advance approval by instructors.

Course Directors: Kamil Godula / Jeffrey Esko
Contact: Tracy Gilstrap,

Current Literature in Glycobiology (MED 246/BIOM 246/CMM 246)

Offered Fall, Winter, Spring Quarters, Fridays, 12:00-1:00 PM

Current Literature in Glycobiology is a one-credit elective that provides a forum for informally discussing current papers in glycobiology research and for developing critical thinking skills in the field. Topics include glycan chemistry, biochemistry, genetics, cell biology, and molecular biology in animals, plants, and microorganisms, as well as medical aspects of glycobiology. Typically, 20-25 students, post-docs, and faculty attend the meeting on a weekly basis. Registration for the course (1 credit per quarter) is done through the registrar's office.

Course Director: Lars Bode
Co-Directors: Jeffrey D. Esko / Pascal Gagneux / Philip Gordts / Ajit Varki
Contact: Tracy Gilstrap,

Advanced Glycobiology (MED 225/CHEM 237/BIOM 222/BGGN 236/CMM 225)

OFFERED: Spring Quarter 2018

The primary aim of this course is to provide an overview of the fundamental facts, concepts, and methods in glycobiology. The course is structured around major themes in the field, supported by selected readings and the textbook, Essentials of Glycobiology. Background information will be provided through brief lectures from specialists in the field, with detailed discussion of classic or current papers. Grading is based on regular attendance, class participation, and a take-home written essay on a topical issue in glycobiology.

Background requirements: Coursework in cell biology and biochemistry. Required Text: Essentials of Glycobiology, 2nd Edition, Edited by Varki, A., Cummings, R., Esko, J.D., Freeze, H.H., Stanley, P., Bertozzi, C., Hart, G.W., and Etzler, M.E. Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, New York, 2009 (available through, the UCSD Bookstore, or Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press). An on-line version is also available at the NCBI.  Credit: 4 units of credit. Letter grade and S/U grading options available. Course director(s): Jeffrey D. Esko/Ajit Varki.

Spring 2016 Information and Readings
Contact: Tracy Gilstrap,

GRTC Co-Sponsored Seminar Series

The Department of Cellular and Molecular Medicine co-sponsors with the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the Department of Biology a seminar series with invited speakers from other universities and industry. The Glycobiology Research and Training Center jointly sponsors seminars in this series that are specifically related to glycobiology research. A complete schedule of seminars can be found on the CMM Seminar Series Calendar.