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Prof. Dr. Joachim Thiem 

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Universität Hamburg
Institut für Organische Chemie
Martin-Luther-King-Platz 6
20146 Hamburg
Germany
Tel: 040-42838-4241
Fax: 040-42838-4325
thiem@chemie.uni-hamburg.de
As well as being coeditor of Glycoscience: Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Joachim Thiem, Professor of Organic Chemistry at Hamburg University, is regional editor of the Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry, and member of the advisory boards of Carbohydrate Research and Topics in Current Chemistry. His research interests include synthetic carbohydrate chemistry (glycosylation, carbohydrate mimetics, cytostatic and antibiotic oligodeoxyoligosaccharides, modified glycopeptide structures), chemoenzymatic synthesis (use of enzymes of saccharide metabolism and catabolism from animals, plants, and microorganisms), and the use of saccharides as renewable raw materials (studies on polymers made up of saccharide building blocks). Joachim Thiem studied chemistry at Hamburg University with Prof. H. Paulsen (doctoral thesis 1972, Habilitation, 1978), was then appointed Associate Professor at the University of Münster (1983--1988) before returning to a Full Professorship in Hamburg in 1989. He also held visiting professorships at the University of California, Berkeley (1984/1985), Victoria University and IRL, Wellington (1993), and CERMAV, Grenoble (1995).

Professor Dr. Bert Fraser-Reid 

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North Carolina State University
Natural Products and Glycotechnology Research Institute, Inc.
4118 Swarthmore Road
Durham, North Carolina 27707
USA
Tel: 001- 919-493 6113
Fax: 001- 919-493 6113
dglucose@aol.com
Bert Fraser-Reid is President and Director of Natural Products and Glycotechnology Research Institute, Inc. (NPG), a non-profit organization located at the Centennial Campus of North Carolina State University. He previously held faculty positions at the Universities of Waterloo (Canada) and Maryland, and Duke University. The principal focus of the research at NPG involves collaborative studies on identification and synthesis of the complex oligosaccharide antigens associated with tropical parasitic diseases, under funding from the World Health Organization, the Human Frontier Science Program Organization, and the National Institutes of Health.
Fraser-Reid is previous winner of the Claude S. Hudson award of the American Chemical Society, and the Haworth Award of the Royal Chemical Society.

Professor Dr. Kuniaki Tatsuta 

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University Graduate School of Science and Engineering
3-4-1 Ohkubo, Shinjuku
Tokyo 169-8555
Japan
Tel: +81-3-3200-3203
Fax: +81-3-3200-3203
tatsuta@mn.waseda.ac.jp
Bioactive and biofunctional compounds play a leading role in controlling the life conditions of animals and plants, and their synthetic studies provide the ulitmate test for novel synthetic methodologies and the best training ground for the production fo larger quantities of compounds. The more complex the target is structurally, the harder this test is.
Professor Kuniaki Tatsuta received his Ph.D. from Keio University in 1969 working under the mentorship of Prof. Sumio Umezawa, and was a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University with Prof. R.B. Woodward (1973-1975). He became an assistant of the Department of Applied Chemistry, Keio University in 1969 and was promoted to a professor in 1985. He then moved to Waseda University in 1993 as the professor of bioactive substances science.
In 2004, he became the Dean of Graduate School of Science and Engineering. He has already accomplished the total synthesis of about 65 kinds of natural products including big four antibiotics (aminoglycoside, beta-lactam, macrolide and tetracycline groups) mainly by using carbohydrates as chiral sources. Accordingly, he has received several awards including the Award of the Chemical Society of Japan (1986), the Sumiki-Umezawa Memorial Award (1988), the Oukouchi Award (1991), the Award of Synthetic Organic Chemistry Japan (1998), the distinguished award of the Chemical Society of Japan (2001) and the Imperial Medal with Purple Ribbon of Japan (2002).
Professor Tatsuta´s research focuses on the sophisticated syntheses and developments of practically useful molecules in the areas of antibiotics, antifungals, anticancer agents, enzyme inhibitors and designed bioactive molecules and the investigation of the chemical, biological and medical profiles of compounds from these areas, with the development of new synthetic conception and strategies. Also, his research includes the applications of these studies to the industrial preparation to create new antibiotics and medicines. In 1988, his anticancer agent, THP-Adriamycin was marketed as pirarubicin.

Section Editors

Dr. Gregory L. Côté  

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National Center for Agricultural Utilization
U.S. Dept. Agriculture
Bioproducts Research Unit
1815 N. University Street
Peoria, IL 61604
USA
greg.cote@ars.usda.gov
Gregory Côté attended the University of Massachusetts at Dartmouth, where he obtained a BS degree in Chemistry. In 1983, he earned a PhD in Biochemistry from Iowa State University. After postdoctoral fellowships at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution and New Mexico State University, he moved to Peoria, Illinois, where he is a Lead Scientist at the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture's National Center for Agricultural Utilization Research. In 1996, the Carbohydrate Division of the American Chemical Society awarded him the H.S. Isbell Award for Excellence in Carbohydrate Chemistry. He has numerous patents and publications in the field of carbohydrate structure and enzymology, and is especially interested in carbohydrates in foods and agriculture.

Prof. Dr. Sabine Flitsch  

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University of Manchester
School of Chemistry, Room 7.25
Oxford Road
M13 9PL Manchester
UK
Sabine.Flitsch@manchester.ac.uk
Sabine Flitsch was born and grew up in Germany and obtained her first degree in Chemistry at the University of Muenster. She received a Michael Wills Scholarship to study for a D. Phil. (1985) at Oxford University with Professor Sir Jack Baldwin FRS investigating the biosynthesis of penicillins. The postgraduate studies sparked an interest in biological chemistry which was continued with postdoctoral studies at MIT with Professor Gobind Khorana to work on structural studies of the membrane protein bacteriorhodopsin. An independent career started in 1988 with a demonstratorship at Exeter University, followed by a University Lectureship in Chemistry (1989 – 1995) at Oxford University and a Tutorial Fellowship at St Hilda's College. Sabine Flitsch moved to a Readership at Edinburgh University in 1995 and was promoted to a Personal Chair in 1998. She has recently moved to The University of Manchester to a Chair in Chemical Biology and works in the Manchester Interdisciplinary Biocentre (MIB, www.mib.umist.ac.uk) and is on the faculty of the School of Chemistry.
Our research interests lie at the interface of chemistry and biology, in particular in carbohydrate and protein chemistry. An important focus of the research is to understand the role of oligosaccharides in glycoproteins and in cells and tissues. We are currently trying to devise synthetic methodology that would give us access to a wide range of oligosaccharides and glycoconjugates (natural and unnatural) for structure-function studies. Our strategy is based on using a combination of chemical and biological methods. Lately, we have become interested in array technology and we are currently involved in a Consortium that is funded by a Basic Technology Grant to generate carbohydrate arrays (‘Glycochips’, http://www.glycochips.org.uk/).

Dr. Yukishige Ito  

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Chief Scientist and Director of Synthetic Cellular Chemistry Laboratory, RIKEN
(The Institute of Physical and Chemical Research)
Wako-shi
Saitama, 351-0198 Japan
FAX: +81-48-462-4680
Phone: +81-48-467-9430
yukito@riken.jp
Academic Career and Employments
1977 BS, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, The University of Tokyo
1979 MS, The University of Tokyo (supervisor: Prof. Masaji Ohno)
1982 Ph.D., The University of Tokyo (supervisor: Prof. Masaji Ohno)
1982 -1984 Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Chemistry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, (Advisor: Prof. Satoru Masamune)
1984 Research Scientist, RIKEN (Research supervisor: Dr. Tomoya Ogawa)
1991 -1993 Visiting Scientist, CYTEL Corporation and The Scripps Research Institute (Advisor: Dr. James C. Paulson)
1996 Senior Scientist, RIKEN
1998-present Chief Scientist, Director of Synthetic Cellular Chemistry Laboratory, RIKEN
1999-present Visiting Professor, Graduate School of Science and Technology, Saitama University
Award
1993 Young Investigator Award, Japan Society for Bioscience and Biotechnology

Dr. Hirosato Kondo  

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Discovery Research Labs.
Shionogi & Col, Ltd.
12-4, Sagisu 5-chome
Fukushima-ku
553-0002 Osaka
Japan
hirosato.kondou@shionogi.co.jp
Hirosato Kondo Ph.D., Corporate Officer and General Manager of Discovery Research Laboratories in SHIONOGI & CO., LTD. Graduated from Graduate School of Pharmaceutical Sciences in Kyushu University on 1981 and received his Ph.D. from Kyushu University on 1989. He worked as Section Manager of Chemistry at Kanebo Research Labs from 1994 to 1999 and moved to Nippon Organon, R & D Labs as General Manager on 1999. He moved to SHIONOGI on 2001 and currently working on the field of Drug Discovery and Life Science.

Prof. Shin-Ichiro Nishimura  

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Lab. Bio-Macromolecular Chemistry
Hokkaido University
Graduate School of Science
060-0810 Sapporo
Japan
shin@glyco.sci.hokudai.ac.jp
Shin-Ichiro Nishimura Ph.D., Professor of Graduate School of Advanced Life Science in Hokkaido University and Director of Drug-Seeds Discovery Research Laboratory in Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST). Received his Ph.D. from Hokkaido University on 1987. Interested in the field of life science, bioorganic chemistry, glycotechnology, and drug discovery, especially focusing on clarification of structures and functions of glycoconjucates, signification of posttranslational modification of genetic code, discovery of disorder marker molecules by the methods of glycoform-focused reverse genomics and development of basic technology for drug discovery and applications to drug development. From 1982 to present, 204 of academic papers and about 51 of reviews/book chapters have been published.

Prof. Dr. Biao Yu  

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Chinese Academy of Sciences
Shanghai Inst. Organic Chemistry
354 Fenglin Road
Shanghai 200032
China
byu@mail.sioc.ac.cn
Biao Yu received his B.A. in Radiochemistry from Beijing University in 1989, his M.S and Ph.D (with Prof. Y. Hui) from Shanghai Institute of Organic Chemistry (SIOC), Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS), in 1992 and 1995, respectively. After one-year postdoctoral research in New York University, Dr. Yu returned to SIOC as an assistant Professor, and became an associate Professor in 1997 and Professor at the end of last century. His research interests include total synthesis, synthetic methodology, and chemical biology of biologically significant oligosaccharides and glycoconjugates, such as the glycosides of plants and marine species (especially those from the Traditional Chinese Medicine), the antibiotics of microbes, and the glycosaminoglycans of mammals.