University of Manchester



Sabine Flitsch

The Flistch LABoratory
The Manchester Institute of Biotechnology
University of Manchester (Manchester, UK)


Kun Huang


Kun Huang
University of Manchester Fellow

Project: “Chemoenzymatic synthesis of carbohydrate and glycoconjugates ligands”


Sabine Flitsch’s research interests are on the interface of chemistry and biology with focus on applications in Biotechnology. Her focus is on glycobiotechnology, using biocatalysis for the synthesis of complex carbohydrates and glycoconjugates such as glycolipids, glycoproteins, polysaccharides, glycomaterials and glycoarrays. These glycoarrays are used to discover new carbohydrate-protein interactions using mass spectrometry as a label-free analytical tool.

The Flitsch laboratory is located in the Manchester Institute of Biotechnology (MIB), MIB was the first university-based, purpose built interdisciplinary research institute of its kind in the UK. MIB houses over 60 research groups, including >300 postgraduate students from across the Faculties of Life Sciences, Engineering and Physical Sciences, and Medical and Human Sciences, making MIB at The University of Manchester (UoM) a truly dynamic and open research environment. The establishment of multi-skilled interdisciplinary teams with critical mass generates unique capabilities that cannot be realised through virtual associations between PIs or research units to develop regional, national and international partnerships in biotechnology research, which proves an ideal environment for the training and transfer of knowledge to individuals working there.

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