Introduction to Glycoinformatics - lecture - streamed

Date 30 May 2022
Speaker(s) Frédérique Lisacek and Catherine Hayes
Cancellation deadline 16 May 2022
City Streamed from Geneva

This course will be streamed only for registered participants.


The word glycoprotein is often used yet the “glyco” part is hardly ever described. This is the case, for instance, with viruses in which surface spike proteins are abbreviated GP, numbered HIV GP120, but remain depicted as a smooth fist-like structure. In reality, glycan molecules decorate a broad variety of surface or secreted proteins and the literature is filled with unnoticed references focusing on the “glyco” part.

This course is an opportunity to update and extend your knowledge of glycoproteins through the use of bioinformatics resources collectively called “glycoinformatics”. We will provide an overview of the challenging questions raised by the study of glycans as non-template driven molecules and the solutions that are currently proposed to store, search, analyse and visualise the effect(s) of protein glycosylation on protein structure, function(s) and interactions. We will present several glycomics resources on Expasy, the Swiss Bioinformatics Portal, and review recent developments.


This course is targeting any life scientist, from academia or industry: biologists, biochemists, from master students to advanced researchers.

Learning objectives

At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • give examples illustrating the importance of glycosylation
  • check for known glycans when studying glycoproteins
  • appreciate the notion of glycome
  • establish the relationship defined by glycans between glycoproteins and glycan-binding proteins


Knowledge / competencies

This course is designed for beginners in glycoinformatics or glycomics.

Experience in using UniProt is required. Please view any of the following videos prior to the lecture depending on your interest so that any questions you have can be raised during the Q&A session following the recap at the beginning of the lecture:


This course will be streamed, you are thus required to have your own computer with an internet connection.


Attendance is free-of-charge, however registration is mandatory (use the Apply button below).

There is no limit on the number of attendees. All those who have applied by May 27, 2022 will receive the information for remotely connecting to the lecture by email.

Venue and Time

These lecture will be streamed using Zoom. The lecture will start at 15:00 CET and end at 17:00 CET.

Precise information will be provided to the participants before the course.

Additional information

Coordination: Monique Zahn, SIB Training Group.

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