About GlyGen

Our Mission


Our Story

GlyGen is an international project funded by The National Institutes of Health to facilitate glycoscience research by integrating diverse kinds of information, including glycomics, genomics, proteomics (and glycoproteomics), cell biology, developmental biology and biochemistry.

GlyGen retrieves information from multiple international data sources and integrates and harmonizes this data. GlyGen allows for exploring this data by performing unique searches that cannot be executed in any of the existing databases alone.

Our Goal

The major goal of GlyGen is to develop an integrated, extendable, and cross-disciplinary resource providing tools and data to address specific questions in glycoscience.

Currently, these questions can be answered only by extensive literature-based research and/or manual collection of data from disparate databases and websites.

The GlyGen project is built using insight gained during workshops which evaluated existing resources and identified pressing community needs.

The GlyGen Effort

GlyGen is a cooperative, global, community-driven project.

An open, standardized environment for independent development and integration of additional research tools by other investigators.

More than 15 investigators in four countries play key roles in the project.

Two years of organized discussion and planning involving nearly 100 investigators.

GlyGen as the Resource

Ongoing technical advances are accelerating the pace and sophistication of glycoscience data acquisition, the transformation of data to glycobiology knowledge, and insight.

Understanding is compromised by the lack of glycoinformatics databases and tools to combine information from related disciplines.

Functional and biomedical interpretation of glycobiology data is slowed by our limited ability to integrate it with biological knowledge from diverse disciplines.

GlyGen addresses these needs as a broadly relevant and sustainable glycoinformatics resource that provides a roadmap to explore data from diverse domains in the context of glycoscience.

GlyGen Funding

GlyGen is supported and funded by the NIH Glycoscience Common Fund Program managed by the Office of Strategic Coordination at National Institute of Health (NIH) under the grant 1U01GM125267-01.

Meet Our



Talented Team

Our innovative and experienced team dedicated their hard work to develop GlyGen portal for glycosciences research.

Principal Investigators


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William York

Principle Investigator
The University of Georgia,
Athens, GA

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Raja Mazumder

Principle Investigator
The George Washington University,
Washington, DC

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Michael Tiemeyer

Principle Investigator
The University of Georgia,
Athens, GA

Advocates


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Michael Pierce

The University of Georgia,
Athens, GA

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Radoslav Goldman

The Georgetown University,
Washington, DC

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Judith Blake

The Jackson Laboratory,
Bar Harbor, ME

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Nicolle Packer

Department of Molecular Sciences,
The Macquarie University,
Sydney, Australia

Key Collaborators /Co-Investigators

Integration with EBI and NCBI

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Maria Martin

Team Leader
Protein Function Development
EMBL-EBI,
Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, UK

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Preethi Vasudev

Software Engineer
Protein Function Development
EMBL-EBI,
Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, UK

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National Center for
Biotechnology Information,
Bethesda, MD

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National Center for
Biotechnology Information,
Bethesda, MD

Tool Development and Data Integration

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Project Software Lead
The University of Georgia,
Athens, GA

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Robel Kahsay

Project Co-Data Lead
The George Washington University,
Washington, DC

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Nathan Edwards

Co-Investigator
The Georgetown University,
Washington, DC

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Kiyoko Aoki-Kinoshita

Soka University,
Tokyo, Japan

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Darren Natale

The Georgetown University,
Washington, DC

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Matthew Campbell

Institute for Glycomics,
Griffith University,
Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Karen Ross

The Georgetown University,
Washington, DC

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Robert Woods

The University of Georgia,
Athens, GA

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Wenjin Zhang

The Georgetown University,
Washington, DC

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Vijay Shanker

The University of Delaware,
Newark, DE

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Peng Su

The University of Delaware,
Newark, DE

Glycan Array Database Partners

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Ten Feizi

The Imperial College,
London, UK

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Richard Cummings

The Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

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National Center for Biotechnology Information,
Bethesda, MD

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Yukie Akune

The Imperial College,
London, UK

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Akul Mehta

The Harvard University
Cambridge, MA

Data Management Team


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Jeet Vora

The George Washington University,
Washington, DC

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Rahi Navelkar

The George Washington University,
Washington, DC

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Xiying Ding

The George Washington University,
Washington, DC

Web Developers


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Rupali Mahadik

UI Developer
The University of Georgia,
Athens, GA

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Sujeet Kulkarni

UI Developer
The University of Georgia,
Athens, GA

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Sandeep Nakarakommula

Full Stack Developer
The University of Georgia,
Athens, GA

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Tatiana Williamson

UI/UX Designer &
UI Developer
The University of Georgia,
Athens, GA

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Backend Developer
The University of Georgia,
Athens, GA

Former Members


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Vinamra Jain

Backend Developer
The University of Georgia,
Athens, GA
Left project March 2019

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Leyla Jael Garcia Castro

European Molecular Biology Laboratory,
EMBL-EBI, Senior Software Engineer: Protein Function development
Left project May 2019

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Gaurav Agarwal

UI Developer
The University of Georgia,
Athens, GA
Left project June 2019

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Brian Fochtman

Project Co-Data Lead
The George Washington University,
Washington, DC
Left project June 2019

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Reza Mousavi

Data Management
The George Washington University,
Washington, DC
Left project July 2019

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Xavier Holmes

The George Washington University,
Washington, DC
Left project February 2020

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Tyler Stewart

The George Washington University,
Washington, DC
Left project April 2020

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Sanath Bhat

Full Stack Developer
The University of Georgia,
Athens, GA
Left project April 2020