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Mohammed Ahmar obtained his PhD from the University of Lyon in 1986 under the supervision of Prof Jacques Goré. Appointed as Lecturer at the Faculty of Pharmacy of Lyon, he joined in 1988 the Robert Bloch's group of the Laboratoire des Carbocycles (University Paris-Sud Orsay) as CNRS fellow, then Dr Ian Fleming's group in Cambridge, UK (1991–1992). Back to Lyon in 1994, he joined the Laboratoire de Chimie Organique I, working with Bernard Cazes. In 2011 he joined the Organic and Bio-Organic Chemistry team of ICBMS working with Yves Queneau on glycosciences at the interface with bio-based chemistry.

Federica Barbugian studied Biotechnology at the University of Milano-Bicocca. After completing her bachelor's degree in 2018, since her interest was more about Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine, during the master she moved to the Netherlands at the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine – University of Maastricht where she worked on Biofabrication of vascularized tissue models. In 2020, she joined the BioOrganic Chemistry group, chaired by Prof. Nicotra and Dr Russo as PhD student. Her research work is focused on the development of a 3D bioprintable pathophysiological in vitro glioblastoma model.

Fabienne Berrée obtained her PhD degree from the University of Rennes in 1991 under the supervision of Pr A. Foucaud. Then, she joined the groups of Prof. H. Rapoport (Berkeley, USA) working on synthesis of non-natural aminoacids (1991–1993) and Prof. C. Palomo (San Sebastian, Spain) working on new chiral auxiliaries derived from camphor in asymmetric synthesis (1993–1995). She began her academic career in 1995 at the University of Rennes as an associate professor. Organic chemist, she is interested in two research themes: the chemistry of organoborans and the design and synthesis of molecules for therapeutic purposes.

Damien Bretagne graduated from the National School of Agronomy and Food Industries of Nancy in 2019. He then joined the group of Prof Richard Daniellou and Dr Pierre Lafite at the University of Orleans for PhD studies on molecular engineering of glycosyltransferases and their use in chemoenzymatic synthesis of glycosides.

Francesca Cadamuro completed her Bachelor in Chemical Sciences at the University of Trieste in 2017 and then she moved to Milan, where she graduated with a Master's degree in Chemistry at the University of Milan Bicocca in 2019.

During this period, she spent six months in Berlin as visiting student at Freie Universität Berlin and then she performed her master thesis, which aimed to design a scaffold for cornea regeneration, at the University of Trento. In 2019 following her interest in tissue engineering, she started her PhD developing a 3D colon cancer model to test anticancer drugs.

Anja Carere-Sigl was born in Switzerland. She received her PhD from the University of Basel for her research on the prevention of urinary tract infections with FimH antagonists at the Institute of Molecular Pharmacy. After her PhD she started working in the pharmaceutical industry as a Medical & Regulatory Affairs Manager and took over the role as Qualified Person.

Mathieu Carlier obtained his PhD in organic chemistry in November 2019 at the University of Paris-Saclay (France) under the supervision of Boris Vauzeilles at the Institut de Chimie des Substances Naturelles (ICSN). His PhD research was focused on the synthesis and the characterization of saccharidic derivatives and molecular tools for the metabolic labeling of glycanes of eukaryotic cells and diderme bacteria with mycomembranes. In July 2020, he joined the University of Rouen (France) as a postdoctoral researcher to develop the synthesis and the characterization of glycosyltransferase inhibitors under the supervision of Arnaud Lehner and Cyrille Sabot, University of Rouen Normandy.

Laurent Cattiaux was born in Cambrai, France, in 1981. In 2005, he joined the Jean-Maurice Mallet's glycochemistry group at Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris. At the same time, he studied at the Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers and obtained the engineering degree in chemistry in 2014. In 2017, he began a thesis on the supported synthesis of oligosaccharides at Paris-Sciences et Lettres University, under the supervision of Dr Mallet. He is currently finishing his PhD thesis and he will then join Granzhan's group at Curie Institute in Orsay. He will then work on the development of molecules recognizing damaged DNA structures.

Sumeyye Cavdarli obtained her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology in 2020 at the University of Lille (France). She carried out her PhD project in partnership with OGD2 Pharma company (Nantes, France). She studied the mechanism of GD2 ganglioside O-acetylation, providing the proof of concept of the use of anti-O-acetyl-GD2 therapeutic antibody in breast cancer. Then, she joined PRISM laboratory at the University of Lille, for a postdoctoral fellowship on single cell multi-omics in breast cancer.

Saptashwa Chakraborty obtained his BSc majoring in Chemistry (2015) from Ramakrishna Mission Residential College Narendrapur, Kolkata with DBT-Inspire fellowship. In 2015, he joined Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune in the Integrated MS-PhD program. Later, he started his PhD research under the supervision of Prof. Srinivas Hotha in 2017. His work focuses on development of novel methodologies for the synthesis of various glycoconjugates and complex branched oligosaccharides. During his PhD, in 2020 he was selected to the Newton-Bhabha fellowship to work with Prof. M. Carmen Galan in University of Bristol.

Jocelyn Clénet received his Engineering Master's degree in chemistry with a specialization in polymers science in 2014 at ECPM, Strasbourg, France. After a short stay at KTH, Stockholm, Sweden, he worked at Saint-Gobain Research, Paris, where he developed technical textiles binders for insulation. In 2018, he obtained a PhD in material science at IMP (Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères), UMR 5223 of the CNRS on the INSA Lyon campus. During this PhD thesis, his focus was on the chemical structure of biobased polymers for composites. Besides biobased and biodegradable materials, his interests cover innovative solutions for a more sustainable future.

Xavier Coqueret, received his PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Reims, France, in 1984. As an associate scientist with the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique and then full professor at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Lille, he has been working on polymer photochemistry and on radiation-induced cross-linking, grafting and polymerization. In 2005, Xavier Coqueret joined the University of Reims to initiate new activities on radiation processing, high performance composites and bio-based materials. He is the author of more than 150 research articles and 20 book chapters, and the holder of 22 patents.

Richard Daniellou received a BSc in Biochemistry and a PhD (2003) in Organic Chemistry from Paris XI (France). After two years as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Saskatchewan (Canada), he was offered an Assistant Professor position at the ENSC of Rennes (France). In 2011 he was promoted Full Professor of Biochemistry at ICOA (France). His main interest for carbohydrate-active enzymes as biocatalysts for chemo-enzymatic synthesis of glycoconjugates led him to the creation of the research group named Enzymology and Glycobiochemistry. He is currently co-author of 82 publications and 4 patents.

Philippe Delannoy obtained his PhD in 1983 and his State Thesis in Biochemistry in 1989 at the University of Lille (France). He is Full Professor in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry at the University of Lille, performing his research at the Structural and Functional Glycobiology Unit. For more than 35 years his research has been devoted to the biosynthesis and functions of terminal glycosylation, and his current focus is on the glycobiology of cancer cells and the role of gangliosides in breast cancer development and metastasis. He is also the Director of the Institute for Cancer Research of Lille.

Gabriel Duaux was born in Migennes, France, in 1993. He obtained his bachelor's degree in Chemistry (2014) and two master's degrees: 1. Engineering in the Sciences and Materials Engineering field (2017) at the Institut des Sciences Appliquées de Lyon (INSA Lyon). 2. Innovative Materials for Health, Transport and Energy (2017) at the Claude Bernard Lyon1 University. In 2020, he obtained his PhD in the IMP laboratory (Ingénierie des Matériaux Polymères), UMR 5223 of the CNRS on the INSA Lyon campus. His thesis is entitled: “Biobased polymers from LTTM {carbohydrate: polycarboxylic acid: water}: development and applications in refractory carbon materials.

Beat Ernst was born in Switzerland and received his PhD degree fom the ETH in Zürich. Upon completion of his postdoctoral work at Caltech, Pasadena, CA, he joined Ciba-Geigy's Central Research Laboratories and later Novartis in Basel. 1998, he was appointed Professor of Molecular Pharmacy at the University of Basel and became Professor Emeritus in 2017. His research interests are at the interface between carbohydrate chemistry and glycobiology, with a particular focus on the synthesis of glycomimetics and their pharmacological profiling.

Angélique Ferry obtained her PhD, in 2013, on the synthesis of phostone and hydroxylamine-type glycomimetics (Prof. Crich, Dr Guinchard). She received, in 2014, the Dina Surdin PhD Award of the French Chemical Society (SCF). Then, she joined Prof. Glorius team to work on heterogeneous metal-catalyzed reactions. In 2015, she became associate professor at the CY Cergy-Paris University. She develops metal-catalyzed functionalizations on glycosides. She received, in 2018, the “women and science” award of the CY Cergy-Paris University and, in 2020, the Emergence award of the SCF and the GFG award of the French Group of Glycosciences.

After a first research career in industry at Rhodia/Solvay, Etienne Fleury joined in 2005 the Material Department of INSA Lyon as full Professor. His research field concerns the design of new macromolecules through step growth and chain growth polymerization strategies (polyesters, polyamide…) using bio-sourced monomers. He has also a high expertise in Polysaccharide Modifications (cellulose microfibers, cellulose derivatives, galactomannan…), and Silicone Chemistry. He is particularly involved in the development of new hybrid materials. Thus, dealing with biomass and according clever and sustainable processes of the polymer chemistry, he has developed materials having useful and unprecedent features.

Florian Gallier was born in 1980 and raised in Normandy. He earned his PhD in Chemistry from both the Université du Maine and the Leibniz University under the joined supervision of Dr G. Dujardin and Prof. A. Kirschning. After two consecutive post-doctoral research with Prof. J.-M. Beau at Université Paris-Sud then with Prof. P. Pale at Université de Strasbourg, he has been appointed assistant professor at CY Cergy-Paris Université in 2011.He is currently interested in the development of novel sustainable methodologies towards C-glycosides/nucleosides synthesis and their biological application.

Peter Goekjian succeeded Prof. Gerard Descotes at the head of the Laboratoire Chimie Organique 2 at the Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1 in September 2000. Born in Fairfax, VA, USA, he obtained his PhD degree from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachussetts, and did postdoctoral studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research interests are in total synthesis, the discovery of protein kinase inhibitors, and the structural basis for biological activity. He participated in the discovery of inhibitors that led to the creation of two startup companies. Fluorous tag-assisted oligosaccharide synthesis is an important new topic within the LCO2.

Simon Gonzalez was born in Alès, France, and studied at the Chemical Engineering School of Lille. He obtained his in PhD in Organic and Medicinal Chemistry in 2017 at CY Cergy Paris University under the supervision of Prof. Nadège Lubin-Germain, dealing with the development of carbohydrates and fusion peptides for a vectorization strategy. In 2018, he joined the group of Prof. Steven Ballet at Vrije Universiteit Brussel where he worked on multitarget analgesic peptides. In 2020, he was appointed assistant professor at CY Cergy Paris University where his research is currently focused on locally constrained and/or fluorinated membranotropic peptides.

David Goyard obtained his PhD in organic chemistry in 2011 under the supervision of Dr J.P. Praly. He then joined R. Roy's research group at UQAM (Montreal, Canada) for an eighteen months postdoc. In September 2015 he started a second postdoc with O. Renaudet until September 2019. He was appointed as CNRS chargé de recherche in October 2019. His research interests focus on carbohydrate chemistry and the design of glycodendrimers to study multivalent carbohydrate protein interactions.

Sophie Groux-Degroote obtained her PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology in 1999 at the University of Lille (France). She has been Assistant Professor in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Lille since 2005. Her research is carried out at the Structural and Functional Glycobiology Unit. Her studies aim at deciphering the mechanisms by which terminal glycan structures are modified in multiple pathologic states such as cancers, inflammatory diseases, or cystic fibrosis. In recent years, she's been focusing on gangliosides as biomarkers and therapeutic targets in breast cancer.

Yann Guérardel obtained his PhD in biochemistry in 2002 at the University of Lille. After a postdoctoral fellowship in Academia Sinica (Taiwan) he joined the French National Scientific Research Center (CNRS) as Research Fellow. He is presently senior researcher at the Institute for Structural and Functional Glycobiology in Lille University and invited professor at iGCORE in Gifu University. He dedicates his research activity to the structural analysis of glycans by NMR and mass spectrometry and to the study of structure–function relationships of glycans in host–pathogen interactions.

Rachel Hevey is currently a Research Associate at the University of Basel, Switzerland. Originating from Canada, she completed degrees in both Chemistry and Biological Sciences before undertaking her PhD studies with Prof. Chang-Chun Ling at the University of Calgary, Canada. In 2013, she joined the group of Prof. Beat Ernst in Switzerland as a postdoctoral researcher, and in 2015 was promoted to a Research Associate at the University of Basel. Her main research interests involve the synthesis and development of carbohydrate-based molecules as therapeutics.

Srinivas Hotha earned his PhD (2001) while working with Dr Mukund Gurjar for the research carried out at CSIR-IICT, Hyderabad and CSIR-NCL, Pune. He joined Prof. Tarun Kapoor's group at the Rockefeller University, New York (USA) as a Charles H. Revson Fellow. In 2003, he returned to CSIR-NCL and started his independent research on carbohydrates. In 2010, Hotha was appointed as an Associate Professor at the IISER Pune where he is currently a Professor since 2016. His research interests fit into the broad contours of synthetic carbohydrate chemistry with special focus on gold-catalyzed glycosylation and oligosaccharide syntheses.

Maïwenn Jacolot was born in Brest (France) in 1987. She obtained her master's degree in chemistry from University of Lyon in 2010 and completed her PhD in organic chemistry at University of Rennes with Prof. Pierre van de Weghe. After 2 years spending in the group of Donal F. O'shea at RSCI (Dublin, Ireland) as a postdoctoral fellow, she returned to Lyon at INSA and ICBMS (UMR 5246) where she was appointed assistant professor in 2017. Her actual research focuses on the direct functionalization bio-based polyols via borrowing hydrogen methodology.

Sławomir Jarosz (born 1952). M.Sc. − 1974 (Warsaw University); PhD − 1979 (Institute of Organic Chemistry, PAS; with Professor Aleksander Zamojski); habilitation (D.Sc.; at IOC, PAS) – 1990; post-doc with Professor Bert Fraser-Reid (University of Waterloo and then Maryland at College Park) − 1980; Visiting Scientist at Duke University (North Carolina) − 1989. Since 1999 he is a full Professor at the IOC PAS and in 2011–2019 he was a Director. Main research interest: carbohydrate (especially sucrose) chemistry, stereoselective synthesis, and supramolecular chemistry. He promoted 20 PhD students and published ∼200 papers.

Dhriti Khandal is a scientist and innovator working in the field of polymers and nanotechnology. She did her B.Sc. and M.Sc. from University of Delhi, New Delhi, India followed with a PhD from University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Reims, France. During her post-doctoral research in University of Strasbourg, Strasbourg, France and later in Ecole Polytechnique, Montreal, Canada she developed the know-how for modification of biopolymers and cellulose nanocrystals for different industrial applications. Dr Dhriti has a diverse background of working in the academia as an Assistant Professor in University of Delhi as well as leading the technical team of a company specializing in characterization of polymers and nanoparticles.

Nina Khanna was born in Switzerland. She received her medical doctorate at the University of Basel. After her training in Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, she did two postdoctoral fellowships in the field of transplant infectious diseases in Basel and Würzburg, Germany. Besides her clinical responsibility, she built her own research group in 2013 at the Department of Biomedicine at the University and University Hospital of Basel. Nina Khanna sets a strong priority in clinical management of patients with infectious diseases and has a strong interest to improve anti-infective therapy.

Pierre Lafite has been an Associate Professor of the Department of Life Sciences at the University of Orléans since 2009, working at the Organic and Analytical Chemistry Institute. After graduating from the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Lyon, France (2003), he received his PhD in Chemical Biology at the University Paris Descartes, France (2005) under the supervision of Dr Daniel Mansuy. He then moved as a postdoctoral fellow to the University of Manchester (UK) in Prof. David Leys’ group, working on structural and molecular enzymology. His current research projects focus on molecular and structural studies on sugar-acting enzymes.

Arnaud Lehner has defended his PhD in Plant Physiology in 2005 at the University Pierre et Marie Curie, Paris. He then spent a year at the University of Capetown in South Africa working on resurrection plants before joining the University of Paris to study plant cell electrophysiology. Since 2008, he is holding a permanent position as associate Professor at the University of Rouen Normandy, where he teaches Plant Physiology. His main research activities are focusing on the role of glycomolecules during plant cell growth by developing new imaging approaches such as in vivo labelling with click chemistry.

Loïc Lemiègre obtained his PhD degree from the University of Rouen in 2002 under the supervision of Dr Jacques Maddaluno and Prof. Jean-Claude Combret. Then he joined the group of Prof. Eiichi Nakamura (The University of Tokyo) as a postdoc working on fullerene chemistry (2002–2004) and then he moved to the group of Prof. Jonathan Clayden (The University of Manchester) working on molecular helices (2004–2005). He started his academic career in 2005 at the ENSC-Rennes where he is now associate professor. He is mainly interested in the synthesis of amphiphilic molecules related to carbohydrates and their self-assemblies, and in bio-based polymers.

Patrice Lerouge has defended his PhD in organic chemistry in 1984 at the University of Rouen, France. Then, he got in 1985 a permanent position as a research scientist at CNRS at the University of Toulouse, France. After a sabbatical in 1993 at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, University of Georgia, Athens, USA, he got in 1995 a position of full professor in biochemistry at the University of Rouen Normandy, France. His research activities mainly concern the study of the structure–function relationships of polysaccharides and glycoconjugates in plants and microalga.

Sizhe Li obtained his MSc degree from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in 2013, then his PhD in 2017 from the National Institute of Applied Science of Lyon under the supervision of Prof. Laurent Soulère and Prof. Yves Queneau on chemical signaling in bacterial Quorum Sensing and on analogues of agrocinopines. After post-doctoral study on stereospecific synthesis of glycoside mimics at the Institute of Organic and Analytical Chemistry in Orléans in 2018 with Prof. Olivier R. Martin and Dr Cyril Nicolas, he moved to Leiden University as a post-doc researcher in the bio-organic synthesis group, working with Prof. Jeroen Codée and Prof. Gijs van der Marel on bacterial capsule polysaccharides.

Thisbe Lindhorst is full professor at Christiana Albertina University of Kiel since 2000. She received her PhD with Professor Joachim Thiem at Hamburg University and was a postdoctoral fellow at the University of British Columbia working with Professor Stephen G. Withers. Thisbe has been a visiting professor at the Universities of Ottawa and Orléans and at Canterbury University in Christchurch. She served as president of the German Chemical Society in 2016 and 2017. Thisbe's scientific interests are in the field of synthetic organic chemistry, especially in the glycosciences. In particular, her group has studied multivalency effects in bacterial adhesion and photoswitchable glycomimetics. She is editor of this SPR book series Carbohydrate Chemistry.

Nadege Lubin-Germain obtained her PhD from the University of Paris-Saclay under the supervision of Prof. André Lubineau. Then she moved to The Research Institute of Jülich in Germany in the Bioconversions field. She moved to the CY Cergy Paris Université in 1994 and joined the glycochemists group under the supervision of prof J. Augé. She was appointed Prof. in 2010 and joined recently the BioCIS Laboratory. Her research fields deal with non-natural C-carbohydrates including C-glycosides, C-nucleosides, C-glycosylated biomolecules for biological applications.

Andreas Ludwig obtained his master degree from the University of Orléans in 2018. He joined the Organic chemistry team at the ENSC-Rennes for his second year of master's internship supervised by Dr Laurent Legentil working on the synthesis of galactofuranoconjugates in order to prepare mass spectrometry references (2018). Then he began a PhD in organic and supramolecular chemistry under the supervision of Dr Fabienne Berrée and Dr Loïc Lemiègre at the University of Rennes. He worked on preparation and characterisation of organogels based on arylboronic esters of n-alkyl-glucopyranosides.

Grahame Mackenzie. Emeritus Reader in Bioorganic Chemistry at the University of Hull, Technical Director (& co-founder) for Sporomex Ltd and Botanical Solutions Ltd. Held visiting professorships at universities of Hokkaido, (1989), Picardie Jules Verne (1992–2005), Artois (2005–2010) and Limoges (2006–2007). Obtained PhD, under the direction of Professor Gordon Shaw at the University of Bradford (1976). SRC/University of Bradford Research Fellow, visiting investigator at Sloan Kettering Cancer Research Institute NYC (1979) and CNRS Poste Rouge, Director of Research, University of Lyon, France (1988–1989). Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry/RSC Chartered Chemist. Published >150 papers (nucleosides/tides, heterocycles, carbohydrates &sporopollenin).

Sofia Magli, got her Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology and her Master's degree in Industrial Biotechnology at the University of Milan-Bicocca. After a period as exchange student at University of Nottingham in Neuroscience Department, she decided to combine her competences and knowledge in biology and chemistry together through a PhD career based on investigation of the wide biomaterials field. Currently, her research is focussed on the development of dynamic hydrogels for 3D bioprinting and studying interactions between biomaterials and a given biological environment.

Idris Habibu Mahmud graduated from the Department of Chemistry, Kano University of Science & Technology Wudil, Kano State Nigeria, where he is a faculty member since 2016. He received a master's degree in 2017 under the joint Kano State and French Governments scholarship program and is currently a PhD fellow under Professor Peter Goekjian at the Laboratoire Chimie Organique 2 – Glycochimie (ICBMS), Claude Bernard University Lyon 1, France, where he will defend his Thesis by fall 2021. His research interests focus on the synthesis of fluorous-tagged glycosamine precursors and the construction challenging glycosidic bonds to access biologically relevant oligosaccharide domains.

Jean-Maurice Mallet was born in Les Sables d'Olonne, France. In 1980, he was a student at the Ecole Normale Supérieure (45 rue d'Ulm, Paris) and at Pierre et Marie Curie University in Paris. In 1985–1988, he prepared his doctoral thesis under the supervision of Prof. Marc Julia “Reaction of elimination in terpene series, Taft constants of the phosphoric ester. New methods for the preparation of tert-butyl ethers and esters”. He then joined Pr Pierre Sinaÿ's Laboratory in 1989 as a CNRS researcher and focused his research on oligosaccharides, peptides, glycopeptides and fluorescent probes.

Sujit Manmode received his M. Sc. in 2013 from B. G. College, Sangvi. He spent three years in IISER-Pune, where he was involved in gold-catalysed glycosylation reactions for MTb related higher oligosaccharide syntheses. In 2016, he moved to Tottori University, Japan to pursue his doctoral studies in Prof. Toshiyuki Itoh's group, where he developed solution-phase Automated Electrochemical Assembly (AEA) for cyclic oligosaccharides and successfully defended his thesis in 2019. Later on, he joined Chemical Glycosylation Laboratory at IISER Pune, India headed by Prof. Srinivas Hotha as a Research Scientist. He is currently developing a practical and scalable synthesis for Fondaparinux.

Sylvie Moebs-Sanchez is Assistant Professor in INSA-Lyon and in ICBMS (UMR 5246) in Villeurbanne, France. After a PhD on the synthesis of oligoarabinofuranosides from Mycobacterium cell wall in Toulouse, post-doctoral studies were conducted, in Bristol (UK) with GlaxoSmithKline and Prof. Tim Gallagher on the synthesis of bicyclic β-lactams. In 2005, she joined Dr Bourissou's group in Toulouse to first tackle the synthesis of monomers, then to investigate phosphine boranes as organocatalysts. Since 2007, she has been working on multi-step synthesis from bio-based alcohols such as carbohydrates, quinic acid, isosorbide, or HMF to prepare glycomonomers, glycolipids, organocatalysts, or new heterocyclic structures.

Siti Fatahiyah Mohamad is a research officer at the Radiation Processing and Technology Division, Malaysia Nuclear Agency, which she joined in 2010. She graduated from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia with a BSc (2008) and a MSc (2012) in Materials Science. She obtained a PhD degree in Polymer Chemistry (2019) from Universite de Reims Champagne-Ardenne (France) on the radiation-grafting of cellulose nanocrystals. Her research is focused on utilizing radiation-induced modification and surface functionalization of cellulosic substrates for task specific applications. She is currently working on the synthesis and characterization of modified nanocrystalline cellulose for innovative nanomaterials.

Jean-Claude Mollet defended his PhD in Plant Physiology in 1993 at Technological University of Compiègne, France. After a two-year period as a temporary research and teaching assistant at the University of Limoges, he pursued his career as a post-doc fellow at Michigan Technological University for two years working on algal biofouling and the University of California Riverside for 5 years studying plant reproduction. In 2003, he was recruited at the University of Artois as associate Professor and since 2007, he is full Professor at the University of Rouen Normandy. His research mainly focuses on the role of glycopolymers during cell growth and defense.

Murielle Muzard obtained a PhD from the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne in 1993 under the supervision of Prof. C. Portella and was recruited in the same university as assistant professor in the group of bioorganic chemistry of Prof. G. Guillerm to study the synthesis of nucleosides and their evaluation as S-Adenosyl-l-Homocysteine hydrolase inhibitors. In 2004, she joined the group of Prof. Richard Plantier-Royon and her current research focuses on synthesis of sulfur analogues of carbohydrates as glycosidases inhibitors and the use of glycosidases in synthesis.

Francesco Nicotra full professor of Organic Chemistry at the University of Milano-Bicocca and Past-President of the IUPAC Division of Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. He has coordinated national and international project among which the ITN-Horizon2020 Project NABBA and is actually involved in a H2020-NMBP-15-2017- iNanoBIT “Integration of Nano- and Biotechnology for beta-cell and islet Transplantation”. Prof Nicotra has been recipient of the Award for innovation in research of the Italian Chemical Society in 2011; the Medal Berti for Research in Carbohydrate Chemistry in 2012 and the Medal Quilico of the Division of Organic Chemistry of the Italian Chemical Society, 2015.

Justyna Nowakowska holds PhD in Microbiology from the University of Basel, where she investigated novel treatment approaches to infectious diseases. Following a postdoctoral fellowship in the Antimicrobial Discovery Center, Northeastern University, Boston, MA, she pursues her interest to provide novel treatments for unmet medical needs in pharmaceutical industry.

Zbigniew Pakulski received a PhD from the Institute of Organic Chemistry PAS. Then he spent a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Industrial Research Limited (Lower Hutt, New Zealand) in Dr Richard Furneaux's laboratory. Currently, he is an associate professor at the IOC PAS. He has strong experience in carbohydrate synthesis including glycosylation and elongation of sugar chains. Recently, his research was focused on the modification of triterpene core structure towards new anticancer derivatives. It includes incorporation of sulfur, selenium, and phosphorus as heteroatoms to the triterpene structure and rearrangement of lupane core.

Richard Plantier-Royon received his PhD degree from the University Claude Bernard Lyon (France) in 1990 under the supervision of Dr D. Anker. After a two-year post-doc at the University of Reims Champagne-Ardenne (URCA), he was recruited in 1994 as Assistant Professor in the group of Prof. C. Portella to develop the chemistry of carbohydrate analogues containing heteroelements (S, Si, F). In 2004, he became Full Professor at URCA. His main research interests are related to the design, the synthesis and the biological evaluation of original inhibitors of glycosidases and to the use of several glycoside hydrolases in glycosynthesis.

Florence Popowycz got her PhD with Prof. Pierre Vogel in 2003 from the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL) after working on mannosidase inhibitors. After a 1-year post-doctoral stay in Geneva, she moved to Lyon where she holds now a full professor position at INSA-Lyon in ICBMS (UMR 5246). Her main interests are devoted to the development of new synthetic methodologies and its applications to heterocyclic scaffolds. She is author and co-author more than 70 papers and patents published in peer-reviewed journals.

Daniel Portinha received his PhD in 2002 from University Pierre & Marie Curie, France. After a post-doc position at University of Toronto, Canada, he has been appointed assistant professor at INSA Lyon, France, since 2005. As a polymer chemist, his research focuses on the design of polymer-based building blocks with controlled architecture likely to develop supramolecular interactions, to prepare for example functional films or tough(er) elastomers. Another of his topics deals with the synthesis of biobased polymer materials; he has lately been enjoying the development of carbohydrate-based Natural Deep Eutectic Solvents as monomers for relevant and innovative polymerization strategies.

Jean-Pierre Praly joined CNRS in 1976 and studied with Prof. G. Descotes free-radical reactions (halogenation, reduction, CC/CO bond formation at the anomeric center) then the anomeric effect with Prof. R.U. Lemieux, Edmonton. Back in Lyon, he developed ionic, radical, photochemical, and concerted routes towards glycomimics for studying glyco-enzymes as oral antithrombotics (5-thioxylopyranosides). He investigated glycogen phosphorylase inhibitors for pharmacological control of type 2 diabetes mellitus with groups in France, Greece, Hungary, PR China, Egypt, and synthesised enantiopure amino acids through nitrones dipolar cycloadditions in collaboration with Tunisia. He published over 130 papers.

Yves Queneau graduated from the University of Paris-Sud (Orsay) in 1988 under the supervision of Prof André Lubineau. Appointed as CNRS researcher, he then spent one year in Prof Samuel Danishefsky's group in New York, USA and in 1995, he moved to Lyon as Research Director of a CNRS-industrial research team dedicated to sucrochemistry initiated by Prof Gérard Descotes. In 2003, he joined the ICBMS at the University of Lyon where he leads the Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry team, working on biological and sustainable sides of carbohydrate chemistry. Since 2014, he serves as Editor for the SPR Carbohydrate Chemistry Book series of RSC.

Amélia Pilar Rauter is Full Professor of Organic Chemistry (retired), President of the International Carbohydrate Organisation, Secretary of the European Carbohydrate Organisation and serves IUPAC as Vice-President of the Division on Organic and Biomolecular Chemistry. She is the founder of the Portuguese Chemical Society Carbohydrate Chemistry Group, and founder and leader of the CQE Carbohydrate Chemistry Group at CiênciasUL. She has relaunched RSC Carbohydrate Chemistry – Chemical and Biological Approaches in 2008 as series editor. Among honors, she received the Madinaveitia-Lourenço Prize from the Spanish Royal Chemical Society, is Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, Chemistry Europe Fellow and was awarded with the Mention of Excellency in all curricular evaluations since 2007 by CiênciasUL.

Caroline Rémond is professor of biotechnologies in Reims Champagne Ardenne University (France). Graduated in Enzymology and Microbiology from UTC (France), C. Rémond performed her PhD thesis in INRA onto the enzymatic hydrolysis of hemicelluloses. After a 2-year post-doctorate in Reims Champagne-Ardenne University, she obtained a position as assistant professor in this University in 2000. Since 2010, she is Professor and Deputy Director of FARE-Fractionation of Agro-Ressources and Environment laboratory. She is also Director of the Chair AFERE-Agroressources FERmentation Enzymes which focus on the development of biotechnological processes to produce molecules of interest (fermentescible sugars, phenolic molecules, biosurfactants, biologically active molecules) from lignocellulosic biomass.

Olivier Renaudet received his PhD in 2002 in molecular chemistry with Prof. P. Dumy (Grenoble, France). Thereafter, he pursued postdoctoral researches in the group of Prof. J.-L. Reymond (Bern, Switzerland) then he obtained an Assistant Professor (2004) and a full Professor position (2012) at the University Grenoble Alpes. He was appointed junior member at the Institut Universitaire de France in 2011 and was awarded ERC Consolidator and Proof of Concept grants (in 2014 and 2020). Co-authors of more than 110 publications, his research activities focus on the development homo- and heteroglycoclusters for antitumoral and antiadhesive applications.

Patrick Rollin is Emeritus Professor at the University of Orleans (France). After post-doctoral training to carbohydrate chemistry in Prof. Pierre Sinaÿ's laboratory, he has created his own group and devoted three decades of research to thiosugar chemistry, Brassicales, glucosinolates and their synthetic analogs.

Lorenzo Rossi is a PhD student at the University of Milano-Bicocca. He joined Nicotra/Russo research group during the bachelor traineeship working on glyconanoparticles and glyconanomaterials. He was interested in chemistry applied to medicine, so he continued working on nanoparticles for in vivo imaging of β-pancreatic cells during the master traineeship. During the master, he spent one year at the Freie Universität in Berlin as visiting student. The main project of his PhD is the development of a 3D model of brain cancer suitable for drug tests. In addition to this, he is involved in different side projects, since his first goal is to challenge himself and learn as much as he can.

Laura Russo is Assistant Professor at University of Milano-Bicocca, Adjunct Lecturer at the National University of Ireland, Galway and Visiting Researcher at Cùram – Ireland. Research interests are focused on implantable medical devices and new glyco-biomaterials for the 3D bioprinting of tissues-mimetics. In 2017 Laura Russo received the prestigious Junior Research Award for “Organic Chemistry in Life Science” of the Italian Chemical Society and in 2016 she received the Recognition of Irish “Minister of State for Training, Skills, and Innovation”, John Halligan TD - as “next leaders of research in Ireland, shaping the research community both in Ireland and internationally”.

Mathieu Sauthier was born in 1974 in Dole (France). He obtained his PhD in 2001 at the University of Rennes 1 under the supervision of the Prof. Régis Réau. He moved to the University of Amsterdam (UVA) for a post-doctoral position working on the chemistry of amphiphilic phosphines in the laboratory of Prof. Piet W. N. M. Van Leuween and Prof. Joost Reek. In 2002, he was appointed assistant professor in Prof. André Mortreux's laboratory at the University of Lille 1 and was promoted to professor in 2011. His current research interests are homogeneous catalysis, carbonylation reactions and 1,3-butadiene chemistry.

Rui F. N. Silva is graduated in Biology and Geology in 2004 at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. With over seven years of teaching high school students throughout Portugal and a brief two years’ experience in schoolbook editing, Rui enrolled in post-graduation studies with LaCrEMM and BioMat research groups at the Federal University of São Carlos, Brazil. In 2015, he earned a Master's degree and, in 2019, a Doctorate in Biotechnology, working with molecular modeling, molecular docking, rational drug design and non-covalent interactions characterization between biomolecules and drug candidates.

Sandrina Silva graduated in Chemistry at the Faculty of Sciences, University of Lisbon in 2004, and obtained her PhD in Organic Chemistry from Université d'Orléans and University of Lisbon in 2009, supervised by Prof. Patrick Rollin's and Prof. Amélia Pilar Rauter. She then enrolled in post-doctoral research at ETH-Zürich, in Prof. Vasella group and, from 2010 to 2013, worked as post-doc researcher at University of Aveiro, in Prof. Cavaleiro's team. She then moved to Brazil, to Federal University of São Carlos, working as post-doc researcher in Prof. Marcio Paixão's group until 2017. Presently, she is a Scale-Up team research leader at Laboratório Cristália, Brazil.

Patrycja Sokołowska (born 1992) Poland, graduated from the University of Gdańsk and obtained the M.Sc. degree in Biological Chemistry in 2015. Then, she entered the PhD studies at the Institute of Organic Chemistry PAS and joined the group of Professor Sławomir Jarosz. The main subject of her work is connected with sucrose, and more precisely, with the synthesis and properties of macrocyclic receptors with sucrose scaffold. She is the co-author of the paper describing the first synthesis of sucrose cryptand (in 2019). Currently, she is finishing the preparation of her PhD Thesis.

Leandro Soter de Mariz e Miranda obtained his PhD in 2007 at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro under the supervision of Dr Mário Vasconcellos. Then he moved to a nucleoside specialized industry in Brazil working on the development and scaling up new synthetic routes for the synthesis of nucleosides. By the year of 2011 he joined the chemistry institute at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro as an associate professor of the Organic Chemistry Department. His research interests include the synthesis of new C-nucleosides, continuous-flow chemistry and Biocatalysis.

Dr Laurent Soulère graduated from the University of Paul Sabatier (Toulouse, France) in 2001 where he worked under the supervision of Prof Jacques Périé and Dr Pascal Hoffmann. He then moved to Prof Herbert Waldmann's group in Dortmund, Germany (2002–2003). In September 2003, he was appointed at the University of Perpignan where he worked at the laboratory of Chemistry of biomolecules and Environment. In 2004, he joined as Maître de conferences (INSA LYON) the Institute for Molecular and Supramolecular Chemistry and Biochemistry (ICBMS, Lyon, France) in the Organic and Bioorganic Chemistry team. His research concerns the chemistry of biomolecules and applications.

Isabelle Suisse was born in Antony, France. She graduated from the Engineering School of Chemistry of Lille in 1990. She earned her PhD from the University of Lille in 1994 under the supervision of Prof. Mortreux on nickel-catalyzed dimerization and telomerization of butadiene. Since 1994 she has been Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Lille. Her current research focuses on the development of new catalysts for asymmetric reactions and valorization of bio-sourced alcohols by homogeneous catalysis.

Yogesh Sutar is a PhD student at Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Pune. He joined IISER Pune to work with Prof. Srinivas Hotha in 2016. He is recipient of the prestigious CSIR-NET-JRF fellowship for the doctoral studies. His thesis entitlef Gold-catalyzed Solid-phase Oligosaccharide Synthesis. Specifically, He has adopted the gold-catalysed glycosylation to the solid-phase methods by developing various linkers and optimized synthesis of oligosaccharides using gold/silver catalytic system on solid-supports. Prior to joining PhD, he worked as a lecturer (2014–2015) in Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar College, Mahad where he earned his bachelor and post-graduation degrees.

Jacques Uziel was born in Athens, Greece and studied organic chemistry at the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris. He obtained his PhD from the same university under the supervision of Prof. Jean-Pierre Genêt. Since 1992, he has been Associate Professor at CY Cergy Paris Université, initially in the group of Pr Sylvain Jugé, where he worked on stereogenic phosphorus chemistry. In 2000, he spent a year at the University of Florence in the group of Prof. Anna Maria Papini. His current research activity in BioCIS deals with C-glycosides synthesis, in particular nucleosides with antiviral and antitumor properties.

Madhuri Vangala earned her PhD (2011) while working with Dr Vaijayanti A. Kumar for the research carried out in the area of Nucleic Acid chemistry at CSIR-NCL, Pune. Later, she was a Dr D. S. Kothari postdoctoral fellow in the research group of Prof. Dilip D. Dhavale at Savitribai Phule Pune University, focusing on carbohydrate chemistry. Further, joined the research group of Prof. Srinivas Hotha at IISER Pune as a DST-Fast Track Young Scientist (2014–2017) and currently working as DST-Woman Scientist since 2018. Her research interests include synthetic carbohydrate chemistry, solid-phase synthesis, glycopeptides and glyconanomaterials.

Professor Gerd Wagner holds the Chair of Medicinal Chemistry and Chemical Biology in the School of Pharmacy at Queen's University Belfast. A major theme of his research is the development of sugar-nucleotide analogues, glycosyltransferase inhibitors, and carbohydrate-based probes for applications in drug discovery, chemical biology, and biotechnology. He has previously held academic positions at King's College London, where he was a founding member of the Department of Chemistry, and at the University of East Anglia (UK). He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry, and in 2018 was a visiting professor at the Université d'Orléans (France).

Juan Xie received her PhD in medicinal chemistry at University René Descartes in 1998 under the supervision of Professors M. C. Fournier Zaluski and B. P. Roques. After post-doctoral study at CNRS in the group of Dr M. Wakselman, she moved to University Pierre and Marie-Curie as an associate Professor (1991). In 2004, she was appointed full professor at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Cachan (ENS Paris-Saclay since 2020). Her current research interests include organic synthesis, carbohydrate chemistry, fluorescence, molecular photoswitch and liquid crystals.

Nao Yamakawa Graduated from the Department of Chemistry, Faculty of Science, Tohoku University in 2002, Nao Yamakawa obtained her PhD from the Graduate School of Bioagricultural Sciences, Nagoya University in 2008. In 2009, she became a Global COE researcher at the same university. In 2011, she joined the University of Lille as an international researcher, and from 2013, she worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS, France) for two years. Since 2015, she obtained a position of Ingénieure d'étude (CNRS, France).

Qiang Zhang received his master's degree in chemical engineering from Huazhong University of Science and Technology supervised by Prof. Hai Dong in 2017. He then graduated from University of Lyon, where he obtained his PhD degree in chemistry under the supervision of Prof. Yves Queneau in 2021. His research area focused on QS modulation and carbohydrate chemistry.

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