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Boston Glycobiology Discussion Group

boston college, department of biology

The Boston Glycobiology Discussion Group is back by popular demand. We meet monthly during the academic year to provide a relaxing evening for socializing with Boston’s glycobiology community while discussing cutting edge research with the experts. 

This egalitarian group is open to all interested people, both academic and biotech.  Whether you are a student or department chair, research technician or corporate officer, you are invited to participate.  Our new venue, Boston College, is conveniently located at the end of the B line trolley of the T, provides ample free parking, and has a pleasant ambiance.  Typically, meetings are held monthly during the academic year. Our evening begins at 6:00 pm with hor d’oeurves and informal mixing, followed by a full meal.  At approximately 7:30 pm, a guest speaker presents a 40-50 minute description of the state-of-the-art in an area of research related to glycobiology.  The lecture is followed by animated discussion, usually concluding by 9:00 pm.

Through the generosity of our sponsors (industry and BC), members atend the meeting without charge.  Membership is $15 per academic year.




Opportunities in Glycobiology

Seeking Positions                                 Searching Equipment

Positions Open                                Surplus Equipment Available

Upcoming Events

December 16, 2015, Wednesday, 6:00pm, Higgins Hall 465

Dr. Andrew Plaut
Tufts Medical Center and Tufts University School of Medicine

“IgA Nephropathy: A Role for IgA1 Glycosylation in Pathogenesis, and Bacterial IgA Proteases as Proposed Therapy”




The Boston Glycobiology Discussion Group was formed in 1994 as a 501 (c) (3) non-profit corporation to provide researchers in glycobiology from greater Boston an informal setting in which to engage in discussion and exchange of information including sources of reagents and instrumentation and current research in the field of glycobiology. The group also provides a bridge between local academics and industry and serves as a meeting place for those who need trained researchers and those who are qualified in the field and ready for new positions.  We meet monthly over dinner throughout the academic year and have a presentation at each meeting.  The main focus of the meeting is the informal flow of cutting edge ideas in glycobiology and their pursuit through the formation of new collaborations.  This provides a mechanism whereby local glycobiologists can know of each other's current research without having to first learn of it through international meetings.

Attendance is seldom more than 60 people on any given evening, a cozy group ranging from new students to the most senior members of the Boston area glycobiology research community, representing both academe and industry.  To encourage participation, we subsidize the cost of the meal through the generosity of grants by our sponsors.  Our sponsors typically provide $2,000 per year.

For further information about the Boston Glycobiology Discussion Group, please contact Gherman Wiederschain ( or

David S. Newburg (,

Program in Glycobiology
Higgins Hall – Biology
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
Tel: 617-552-1529
Fax:  617-552-2011



FROM POINTS NORTH AND SOUTH: Take Interstate 95 (Route 128) to Exit 24 (Route 30). Proceed east on Route 30, also known as Commonwealth Avenue, and follow for about five miles to Boston College. 

FROM POINTS WEST: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. At the first set of lights after the exit ramp, take a right onto Centre Street. Follow Centre Street to the fourth set of lights, and turn left onto Commonwealth Avenue. Follow Commonwealth Avenue 1-1/2 miles to Boston College. 

FROM DOWNTOWN BOSTON: Take the Massachusetts Turnpike (Route 90) to Exit 17. Take a left over the bridge after passing the Crowne Plaza Hotel. Take the first right onto Centre Street. Follow above directions from Centre Street. 

GPS and Google Maps Navigation

If you plan to park on campus, please use the following addresses for navigation. Parking is extremely limited on middle campus. Adequate parking is available in the garages below. Please see the visitor parking information to the right for access times for each garage.

FOR THE BEACON STREET GARAGE: Use the intersection of Beacon and Chestnut Hill Drive, Boston, MA 02135. Head west on Beacon and the entrance to the Beacon Street Garage is just a few blocks headed west on Beacon Street. map it »

FOR THE COMMONWEALTH AVENUE GARAGE: Use the intersection of St. Thomas More Road and Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467. From St. Thomas More Road, take Campanella Way to the Commonwealth Garage. map it »

To enter Boston College via its Main Gate, use the 140 Commonwealth Avenue, Chestnut Hill, MA address for navigation. map it »


The Boston College branch of the MBTA's "Green Line" (B) ends at the Boston-Newton boundary on Commonwealth Avenue. Cross the street and walk by St. Ignatius Church and follow the perimeter road around to campus entrances.


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