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This is the user page of Harry Brumer, Ph.D. I am a Professor in the Michael Smith Laboratories and Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia.
I am also the Primary Curator of CAZypedia, which is hosted on servers at the University of British Columbia. In addition to making a ton of general edits and writing most of CAZypedia's information pages, I have also Authored the GH27 and GH36 pages, and act as Responsible Curator for these and the GH16 page.
If you wish to get in touch with me regarding any issue involving CAZypedia, send me an e-mail using this form or at .
Raised in the northern part of Michigan's lower penninsula, I obtained Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI. Subsequently, I earned a Master of Science degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Chicago, under the supervision of Prof. Robert Moriarty, focussing on the use of carbohydrates as chiral synthons. During my time in Chicago, I joined the group of Prof. Michael Sinnott and subsequently relocated to the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology (UMIST), where I completed a Ph.D. thesis on the kinetic characterisation of a GH27 alpha-galactosidase from the white-rot fungus Phanerochaete chrysosporium (external examiner Dr. Bernard Henrissat). After a short post-doctoral stint with Prof. Steve Withers in the Department of Chemistry at the University of British Columbia working on glycosidase ligand synthesis and glycosidase active site identification by protein mass spectrometry, I moved to the School of Biotechnology at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) to accept a junior faculty position, eventually earning promotion to Professor. At KTH, I was also a Fellow of the Swedish Research Council (VR Rådsforskare). In September 2011, I relocated to the Michael Smith Laboratories at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, as a Professor with a joint appointment in the Department of Chemistry.
Details about my current areas of research in fundamental and applied carbohydrate enzymology can be found at my home page.