Documents & Texts

A Roadmap for Glycoscience in Europe – A joint effort between IBCarb and the EGSF this is the result of a workshop, which took place in Copenhagen in March 2014. This document outlines areas where glycoscience can address some of the challenges faced by Europe and contains recommendations for future research activities. Complementing ‘Transforming Glycoscience: A Roadmap for the Future (see here), it is hoped that this will be a useful document for scientists, policy makers, funding bodies and the general public alike. You can view the pdf version here.

RSC Chemical Biology of Glycoproteins – Editors: Zhongping Tan, Lai-Xi Wang (2017) – here

Essentials of Glycobiology by Varki et al here

From the Sugar Platform to biofuels and biochemicals – Final report for the EC Directorate-General Energy download here

Glycoinformatics – text book from SpringerLink – view here

Industrialization of Biology – A Roadmap to Accelerate the Advanced Manufacturing of Chemicals – published by the National Academies Press. Download here

UK Top Bio-based Chemicals Opportunities – E4tech (UK) Ltd for LBNet. Download here.

Education & Training

Glycotric – The Glycobiology Training, Research and Infrastructure Centre, Imperial College London


MBI – UCL-accredited short courses in bioprocessing, designed specifically for industrialists, that can be taken as stand-alone modules or can be combined for Certificate, Diploma or Masters qualifications. For a full list of the courses available visit the website here

Complex Carbohydrate Research Centre (CCRC) – The CCRC trains undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, and visiting scientists from the U.S. and around the world in the principles, methods, and analytical techniques used to study complex carbohydrates.

Glycobiology & Glycochemistry International e-Learning Course 2016/2017 – online training course provided by Universidade Nova De Lisboa, Portugal. Find out more here 

Industrial Biotechnology – online course produced by the University of Manchester – available here

Other Groups

RSC Carbohydrate group

CarboMet – Metrology of Carbohydrates for Enabling European Bioindustries

ESF Euroglycoforum

Carbohydrate Microarray Facility, Imperial College London

GGBRC – Glycomics and Glycan Bioengineering Research Centre, Nanjing University

NIBRT – The National Institute for Bioprocessing and Research Training, Dublin

CCRC – Complex Carbohydrate Research Centre, University of Georgia

SFG – Society for Glycobiology

OGI – Oxford Glycobiology Institute

GRTC – Glycobiology Research and Training Centre, University of California

CFG – Consortium for Functional Glycomics

Glycophysics Network

Online Tools and Databases

CASPER – a tool for calculating NMR chemical shifts of oligo- and polysaccharides

CAZY – Carbohydrate Active Enzymes – describes the families of structurally-related catalytic and carbohydrate binding modules (or functional domains) of enzymes that degrade, modify or create glycosidic bonds

CCRC Spectral Database – for partially methylated alditol acetates (PMAAs)

CFG-Glycan Database – primary data sets from gene microarray screening, glycan array screening, glycan profiling and mouse phenotyping experiments

CSDB Carbohydrate Structure DataBase contains manually curated natural carbohydrate structures, taxonomy, bibliography, NMR data etc

DAGR – Database of Anti-Glycan Reagents – use to search and identify antibodies and reagent lectins to various carbohydrates

EPS database – provides access to detailed structural, taxonomic and bibliographic information on bacterial exopolysaccharide structures and properties

ExPASy – a Bioinformatics Resource portal with a glycomics category of databases

GLYCAN – for glycan modelling and simulation

Glycan Builder – a software library and set of tools to allow for the rapid drawing of glycan structures with support for all of the most common symbolic notation formats

Glycan Library – a list of approximately 830 lipid-linked sequence-defined glycan probes derived from diverse natural sources or chemically synthesised

GLYCAM Molecular Modelling Library (GMML) assists in a variety of molecular modelling tasks, with a focus on the needs of carbohydrates

Glyco3D – a portal of 3D structures of mono, di, oligo and polysaccharides and carbohydrate recognizing proteins (lectin, monoclonal antibodies, glycosyltransferases and glycosaminoglycan binding proteins

GlycoBase 3.2 – a database of over 650 N- and O- linked glycan structures HPLC, UPLC, exoglycosidase sequencing and mass spectrometry (MALDI-MS, ESI-MS, ESI-MS/MS, LC-MS, LC-ESI-MS/MS) data

GlycoDomainViewer – an online resource to study site glycosylation with respect to protein context and conservation

GlycoEpitope – database with information on carbohydrate antigens, i.e. glyco-epitopes, and antibodies

GlycoGene DataBase includes genes associated with glycan synthesis such as glycosyltransferase, sugar nucleotide synthases, sugar-nucleotide transporters, sulfotransferases, etc.

GlycoMiner/GlycoPattern – software tools designed to detect, characterize and perform relative quantitation of N-glycopeptides based on LC-MS runs

GlycoMod – an online tool to predict oligosaccharide structures on proteins from experimentally determined masses

GlycoProtDB – Database of Glycoproteins Mapped with Actual Glycosylation Sites Identified by Mass Spectrometry – a collection of databases and bioinformatics tools for glycobiology and glycomics

GlycoStore – a curated chromatographic, electrophoretic and mass-spectrometry composition database of N-, O-, glycosphingolipid (GSL) glycans and free oligosaccharides associated with a range of glycoproteins, glycolipids and biotherapeutics

GlyTouCan – an international glycan structure repository

GlycoWork Bench a software tool developed to assist the interpretation of MS data of glycans

GlyMAP – an online resource mapping out the variational landscape of glyco-active enzymes

KEGG GLYCAN Database – a glycome informatics resource integrating genomics and chemistry

MestreJ –software for NMR prediction and interpretation

MonosaccharideDB – a comprehensive reference source for monosaccharide notation

NetOGlyc – next generation prediction of O-glycosylation sites on proteins

Stenutz – suite of resources for chemistry, mainly carbohydrate chemistry, conformational analyses and NMR spectroscopy

SugarBind – a database of known carbohydrate sequences to which pathogenic organisms (bacteria, toxins and viruses) specifically adhere

SweetUnityMol – software to display 3-D structures of carbohydrates, polysaccharides and glycoconjugates

UniCarbKB – online information storage and search platform for glycomics and glycobiology research

UniProtKB – the universal protein sequence database with information on glycosylated proteins