To most people, the term ‘sugar’ refers to crystals used to sweeten food but to a chemist, it’s the generic term given to a class of compounds which play an important role in a variety of biological events.
This lecture looks at the sugars that decorate the surface of pathogens and how sugar-derivatives and mimics can be used to develop drugs and better vaccines for diseases such as cancer and tuberculosis.
Dr Stocker was awarded the Victoria University of Wellington Gold Medal for the top graduating BSc(Hons) student across all science disciplines in 2000, and continued on at Victoria University for her PhD, focusing on the total synthesis of several anti-cancer agents. Following a brief period as a lecturer at Victoria University, Dr Stocker was awarded a FRST Bright Futures Post-Doctoral Fellowship in 2004 and spent two years at the prestigious Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich, where she completed the first total synthesis of several complex mycobacterial cell wall components. In 2006, Dr Stocker returned to New Zealand, and currently leads the Immunoglycomics group at the Malaghan Institute of Medical Research, a programme established in 2007 in collaboration with Victoria University of Wellington and with a focus on understanding the role of carbohydrates in immunology.
Date: Tuesday 22 March
Location: Govett Brewster Art Gallery