Frontiers of Science: Prof. Robert J. Woods

    September 28th at 12:00
    On-site event
    Presidentti auditorium
    Autumn 2023 program

    Prof. Robert J. Woods, The University of Georgia, USA
    Applying computational simulations in the design of carbohydrate-binding proteins
    Host: Tiina Salminen (

    Coffee and sandwich at 11:45, first come first served!


    Six students and early-career postdocs are welcome to have a lunch in restaurant Mauno and discuss with Prof. Woods after the seminar. This is a great possibility to learn hosting skills in friendly environment and create connections for future. Every student is welcome to join, in spite of which research group they belong to. BioCity Turku will offer the lunch.

    If you got interested, please send an email to


    Glycans are often called as the dark matter of the biological universe since they are involved in numerous important cellular functions but, due to their highly complex and flexible nature, they are difficult to study. Prof. Woods has developed computational tools, which have been used to study the role of glycans in infectious diseases, inflammation, and cancer.


    Selected publications

    Wang X, Hanes MS, Cummings RD, Woods RJ. Computationally guided conversion of the specificity of E-selectin to mimic that of Siglec-8. Proc Natl Acad Ssi USA. 2022 Oct 11;119(41):e2117743119

    Berardinelli SJ, Eletsky A, Valero-González J, Ito A, Manjunath R, Hurtado-Guerrero R, Prestegard JH, Woods RJ, Haltiwanger RS. O-fucosylation stabilizes the TSR3 motif in thrombospondin-1 by interacting with nearby amino acids and protecting a disulfide bond. J Biol Chem. 2022 Jun;298(6):102047

    French AD, Montgomery DW, Prevost NT, Edwards JV, Woods RJ. Comparison of cellooligosaccharide conformations in complexes with proteins with energy maps for cellobiose. Carbohydr Polym. 2021 Jul 15;264:118004


    General information

    • You can download and save all the autumn 2023 FoS-seminars to your calendar from here:
    • Registration is not needed, participation list is circulated in the audience
    • If you are a student and later wish to get a certificate of attendance from the Frontier of Science seminars, print out the seminar diary and after the seminar ask the BioCity coordinator to sign it
    • Please note that any audio or video recording of the seminars is strictly forbidden.