|The Division of Glycoscience, School of Biotechnology, KTH|
The Division of Glycoscience is directed by Professor Vincent Bulone. Our research is focused in various areas of Glycobiology, comprising fundamental research on plants and microorganisms, as well as biotechnological developments towards carbohydrate-based products. A major goal is to understand how extracellular polysaccharides in microorganisms and plants - especially trees - are formed, remodeled and hydrolyzed. This fundamental knowledge on cell wall polysaccharide metabolism and self-assembly is exploited to engineer novel biomaterials with high performance relevant to a wide range of industries. Our research requires multidisciplinary approaches that are fully integrated in the Division in the form of interconnected research groups covering the following areas:
- Biochemistry of Cell Wall Polysaccharide Biosynthesis (Prof. Vincent Bulone)
- Carbohydrate Enzymology and Applications (Prof. Harry Brumer)
- Cellulose-Based Nanomaterials (Assoc. Prof. Qi Zhou)
The Division currently has core activities in three research centers at KTH:
- Biomime, The Swedish Center for Biomimetic Fiber Engineering (2006-2011), directed by Professor Vincent Bulone.
- CarboMat, The KTH Center for Advanced Carbohydrate Materials (2010-2014), coordinated by Assoc. Prof. Harry Brumer
- The Wallenberg Wood Science Center (2009-2019), Assoc. Prof. Harry Brumer is leading projects in research Themes 1 and 2.
In addition, the Division is active in a number of European Union and National research projects, the details of which can be found on the pages of the individual Principal Investigators.
The Division of Glycoscience was initiated by Professor Tuula Teeri in 1997 as the Division of Wood Biotechnology, with support from the Knut and Alice Wallenberg Foundation (Wallenberg Wood Biotechnology Centre 1997-2002). In 2009, Prof. Teeri became the President of Aalto University in Helsinki.