University of Georgia researcher Art Edison with two students in laboratory

The mision of the CCRC is to advance research and training in the glycosciences – a branch of science that investigates the structure, biosynthesis, and biological functions of molecules that contain carbohydrates. These molecules include glycans (oligosaccharides and polysaccharides), which are composed entirely of sugars and glycoconjugates (glycosides, glycolipids, glycoproteins, and proteoglycans), which contain sugars attached to different types of molecules. Glycans and glycoconjugates are produced by all living organisms where they have numerous and diverse functions. Thus, basic research in microbial, plant, and animal glycosciences has relevance to agriculture, biotechnology, materials science, and medicine.