Biological Chemistry and Biotechnology Group

Carbohydrates play structural and functional roles in all living organisms. In the form of oligosaccharides, polysaccharides and glycoconjugates, they accomplish energetic and structural roles, as well as signaling and recognition events in cell biology, being key players in health and disease.

Our research focuses on Carbohydrate Active Enzymes (CAZymes) involved in the biosynthesis, modification and degradation of glycans and glycoconjugates, from fundamental aspects of their mechanism, specificity and regulation to their applications in biocatalysis, synthetic biology and as therapeutic targets in infectious diseases.

The group spans different disciplines of Chemistry, Biology and Engineering to address investigations in Glycosciences with applications in biotechnology and biomedicine.