Cancellation of the symposium

Due to the circumstances in Japan regarding the coronavirus outbreak,
the organizers have come to the difficult decision to cancel this symposium.
We appreciate your understanding and hope to arrange a symposium again later in
the year when the situation improves.
Updated information regarding the next symposium will be uploaded to this web site.

Confirmed Speakers

  • Kazuhiro Aoki, University of Georgia, USA
  • Mario Feldman, Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis, USA
  • Christine Szymanski, University of Georgia, USA
  • Yann Guerardel, Lille University, France
  • Kiyotaka Fujita, Kagoshima University
  • Shinya Fushinobu, Tokyo University
  • Takane Katayama, Kyoto University
  • Motomitsu Kitaoka, Niigata University
  • Kaoru Takegawa, Kyushu University



  • Please submit this form by February 28, 2020.
  • Registration is free.
  • Symposium dinner information will be posted as soon as it is confirmed.

Tentative Program

Monday, March 9, 2020

Room: AE453
10:00-10:20 Organizers Welcome to Symposium and Introduction of the MicroGlycoDB Project
10:20-10:50 Shinya Fushinobu Microbial enzymes expanding the glycoside hydrolase families: a structural view
10:55-11:25 Motomitsu Kitaoka
Faculty of Agriculture,
Niigata University
Practical Production of Oligosaccharides Employing Phosphorylases
11:30-12:00 Christine Szymanski Campylobacter jejuni, a model bacterium for MicroGlycoDB
12:00-13:30 Lunch break
13:30-14:00 Kazuhiro Aoki Comprehensive glycomics in biomedical research
14:05-14:35 Kaoru Takegawa Substrate specificity and structure of microbial endo-β-N-acetylglucosaminidases
14:40-15:10 Takane Katayama Molecular insight into bifidobacteria-rich microbiota formation in the breast-fed infant guts
15:10-15:30 Coffee/Tea break
15:30-16:00 Kiyotaka Fujita D-arabinan degradative enzymes of Microbacterium arabinogalactonlyticum for the assimilation of mycobacterial lipoarabinomannan
16:05-16:35 Yann Guerardel Cross-reactivity of bacterial polysaccharides when diagnosing fungal infections - When Candida betrays Nocardia
16:40-17:10 Mario Feldman
Department of Molecular Microbiology
Washington University School of Medicine St Louis
Sugar coating bacterial virulence: capsule synthesis and protein glycosylation in Acinetobacter baumannii
18:00 Symposium dinner

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

Room: AE454
09:30-10:00 Louis-David LeClercq Glycopeptidolipid biosynthesis from Mycobacterium abscessus: genes function investigation by integrated structural analysis
10:05-10:35 Christophe Mariller GlfH1, a galactosidase specific to mycobacterial arabinogalactan
10:40-11:10 Shujiro Okuda Exploration of glycan related genes from metagenomic data in various environments
11:15-11:35 Sunmyoung Lee
Graduate School of Engineering,
Soka University
Status of the MicroGlycoDB database
11:40-12:10 Questions/Discussion about MicroGlycoDB
12:10-13:30 Lunch
13:30 Discussion and Hackathon
Break into small groups of developers and experimentalists to discuss user interface, data and functionality of MicroGlycoDB

Wednesday, March 11, 2020

Room: AE454
All day Discussions and hackathons in groups

Thursday, March 12, 2020

Room: AE454
All day Discussions and hackathons in groups
17:00 Wrap-up presentations from groups