Laura L. Kiessling

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Chemical Biology

S.B. 1983, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D. 1989, Yale University

Steenbock Professor of Chemistry
Laurens Anderson Professor of Biochemistry
Director, Chemistry-Biology Interface Training Program
Director, Keck Center for Chemical Genomics

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Research Description

All cells on Earth possess a carbohydrate coat. Emerging evidence indicates that this coat serves as a critical conduit of information, but little is known at the molecular level. Elucidating how carbohydrates are assembled, how they are recognized, and how they function are issues at the scientific frontier. Using ideas and approaches that range from synthetic chemistry to cell biology, our research group is addressing the critical issues at this frontier.

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Awards and Honors

Alfred Bader Award in Bioinorganic or Bioorganic Chemistry, American Chemical Society 2014
Guggenheim Fellowship 2008
Member, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters 2007
Member, National Academy of Sciences 2007
Member, American Academy of Microbiology 2007