Heather Desaire | Glycoprotein Analysis for Understanding Human Disease
Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Kansas
I discovered my strong affinity for chemistry at Grinnell College in Grinnell, IA, where I received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1997. I attended graduate school at the University of California, Berkeley, and developed an admiration for the utility and versatility of mass spectrometry. I completed my Ph.D. in 2001, spent a few months in an industrial internship, and began my faculty appointment at the University of Kansas in 2002. I became an Associate Professor in 2008, a Professor in 2011, and in 2013, I was named the Dean’s Professor of Chemistry.
My research focuses on the intersection of glycobiology and mass spectrometry. Glycoproteins are interesting because they are complex; they are highly impacted in human disease, and analyzing them offers the opportunity to improve the diagnosis and treatment of many ailments. The study of glycoproteins also opens doors into allied research domains like immunology, machine learning, and precision medicine. My tutorial lecture will provide an overview of research affiliated with glycoprotein analysis in human disease and present a vision for the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead.