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Functional Glycobiology


Functional Glycobiology Program

Glycans are complex sugar structures that have many crucial roles in biology. The Functional Glycobiology Program (FGP) focuses on discovering and characterizing glycan-containing compounds in foods that have important biological functions. Current FGP research projects focus on the structures and functions of free glycans as well as glyco-conjugates (glycoproteins and glycolipids) in the infant intestine and how they support the growth of beneficial intestinal bacteria as well as eliminate pathogens.  Watch a video of researcher David Mills at the 2009 Sackler Symposium explaining the Infant Microbiome project in greater detail. 

Current Projects


CAES Webnews
Learning about Microbial Communities on Cheese Rinds with Rachel Dutton
Sep 23, 2014

Dutton spoke on cheese rinds as model microbial communities at the Robert Mondavi Institute this summer.

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Dr. David Dallas Awarded Prestigious NIH Pathway to Independence Award
May 23, 2014

David Dallas, a post-doctoral fellow at the UC Davis Foods for Health Institute, received the National Institute of Health (NIH) Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00) in the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Health and Human Development for his work to improve premature infant nourishment.

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IMGC Conference Day 3
Dec 12, 2013

The final day of the 10th annual International Milk Genomics Consortium symposium addressed the topics of analytics and milk-inspired therapeutics.