Harry Brumer, Ph.D., Professor
Michael Smith Laboratories
University of British Columbia
2185 East Mall, Room 325
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z4
Department of Chemistry
Sept. 2011 - present: Professor, Michael Smith Laboratories and Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia2011 - 2012: Professor, School of Biotechnology, Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm, Sweden2004 - 2011: Associate Professor (Docent), School of Biotechnology, KTH1999 - 2004: Assistant Professor (Forskarassistent), School of Biotechnology, KTH1998 - 1999: Post-doctoral researcher, Department of Chemistry, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (S.G. Withers)1996 - 1998: Ph.D., University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), Manchester, UK (M.L. Sinnott)1993 - 1995: M.Sc., University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), IL, U.S.A. (R.M. Moriarty)1989 - 1993: B.Sc. Biochemistry, Michigan State University, E. Lansing, MI, U.S.A. (cum laude)
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Fundamental and applied carbohydrate enzymology
The focus of our Carbohydrate Enzymology Research Group is to understand the way in which particular enzymes act to alter the structure of polysaccharides found in biomass (especially plant cell walls and wood fibers), and to harness these enzymes for applications. We are primarily interested in the carbohydrate-active enzymes (CAZymes) which synthesize, re-arrange, and degrade glycosidic bonds. Studies of carbohydrate oxidases involved in polysaccharide functionalisation comprise another primary research area.
In the biological context, we aim to elucidate the molecular details of polysaccharide synthesis and deconstruction in:
The discovery and characterisation of new enzymes involved in these processes provides a foundation for the development of enzyme technology for the improved use of renewable biomass resources in the forest products, agricultural, and textile industries.
We employ a wide variety of techniques to learn more about enzymes relevant to biomass utilization and fiber modification:
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