Leiden Parasite Glycobiology 

The overall aim of our research is to understand how glycosylation plays a role in host-pathogen interactions, with a special focus on schistosomiasis and other parasitic helminth infections.

Almost all pathogens express a range of immunogenic glycoconjugates (glycolipids and glycoproteins) that are crucial to establishing or maintaining infection of the host by the induction or modulation of specific immune responses, or simply by mediating specific adhesion events.  Our research program centered around glycomics and glycoproteomics studies of helminth biology, structure-function aspects of immunogenic glycans, and investigations into glycans as intervention targets for helminth infections.

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