Translational GlycOmics K12 Program

Bridging glycobiology with medical needs.

Translational GlycOmics Program for Career Development in Glycoscience


For the first time, the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI) offered a K12 Career Development program in translational glycosciences called National Career Development Consortium for Excellence in Glycosciences.

This program is located at several sites nationwide, including Versiti Blood Research Institute (VBRI) and the Center for Translational Glycomics, in association with the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW); Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center (Roswell); and Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU).

The program supports and educates glycoscientists so that they can better understand the functional diversity and specificity of human glycans.

Translational GlycOmics Program scholars will pursue a glycoscience-based investigation as it relates to the NHLBI’s mission. Training in investigative glycoscience thought processes and experimental tools will be provided through rigorous glycan research programs involving hands-on research, didactic coursework, collaboration with experienced scientists in and outside of the field, dissemination of knowledge, paper and grant writing activities, and participation in the national K12 program.

Scholars will become knowledgeable in:

  • Molecular aspects of glycoscience
  • Experimental research inquiries into functions of glycans
  • Translation of bench research to the bedside
  • Dissemination of research to scientists and the lay public
  • Writing extramurally funded grant applications

Scholars are appointed on a rolling basis. Scholars will receive a salary within the range of $60,000-$120,000, plus fringe benefits, commensurate with the candidate’s salary requirements for persons of equivalent qualifications, experience and rank, and in accordance with NIH policy for postdoctoral fellows. Additional support for travel, rotation costs, and attending meetings and symposia will be provided. Each scholar will be required to spend at least two years in the program, which is limited to three years. Each scholar will be evaluated independently; the program is designed on an individual basis. Changes will be made as needed to the scholar’s program.

 
Fellowships & Awards
Fellowships and scholastic awards for graduate students and postdoctoral research fellows to continue their career development.
 
Research Seminars
Medical education seminars and lectures for graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and investigators at Versiti Blood Research Institute.
 
Karin Hoffmeister, MD
Dr. Hoffmeister is the Hauske Family Endowed Chair in Glycobiology and a senior investigator at Versiti Blood Research Institute.
 
Versiti Blood Research Institute
Versiti Blood Research Institute investigators study blood disorders like hemophilia, blood cancers like leukemia, and other blood diseases.