Adelaide Glycomics supports fundamental and applied aspects of glycoscience research.
We enable the fine characterisation of glycans from any biological origin and at every structural level, from sugar composition to 3-dimensional organisation, reactivity, function and physico-chemical properties.
What is Glycoscience?
Glycoscience is a constantly expanding field that explores the structural and functional properties of complex carbohydrates or ‘glycans’. Glycans are critical in every area of biology and have important applications in biotechnology, medicine and industry.
Food quality and nutrition
- Functional food
- Control of food properties
- Health-promoting grains for food and beverages
- Impact of glycans on the gut microbiome
- Food for infants
Agriculture, microbial and plant sciences
- Managing and adding value to waste streams generated by agriculture
- Understanding plant cell wall structure and metabolism for improvement of agricultural crops
- Plant developmental biology
- Controlling the composition and quality of wines
- Structural and functional carbohydrate-based materials for multiple applications including, e.g., cosmetics, composite materials, scaffolding structures, aerogels, hydrogels, films, emulsions, drug delivery systems, bioactive surfaces (biosensing & biofouling).
Biopharmaceutical, therapeutic and human health applications
- Controlled therapeutic molecule uptake/release from biomaterial surfaces
- Development of new methods for disease and cancer diagnosis and management
Study with us
Honours project: Rhizopus arrhizus is a fast-growing fungus that spoils our food - it also has a huge biotechnological potential.
Honours project: Turn fruit and vegetable waste into functional products
Honours project: Investigate how plant fungal pathogens adhere to and infect plant surfaces.
Honours project: Determine the composition and role of plant fungal pathogen secretions
Honours project: Study the structure of fungal cell wall proteins using ion mobility mass spectrometry and X-ray crystallography.
Honours project: Examine which sugars are made by different fungal species as cell wall components through genomic analysis.
Honours project: Investigate the relationship between fungal plant pathogen secretions and the plant defence response