Danielle Dube

Affiliation: Chemistry, Biochemistry
Professor of Chemistry and Biochemistry, Director of Biochemistry Program
My research focuses on the sugars that coat cells. Sugars cover the surfaces of all of the cells in our bodies, and their structures provide meaningful information about cellular identity. For instance, sugars cover our red blood cells, and their structures are responsible for differentiating between A, B and O blood types. As another example, the structures of sugars on disease-causing bacteria look vastly different from the sugars on human cells. Sugars are thus interesting targets for selective modification and analysis. Since sugars are difficult to study by most conventional methods (e.g. genetics), the use of chemical approaches with small molecules containing chemical handles, in combination with other technologies, is necessary to alter and analyze these biomolecules.
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Danielle Dube


  • Postdoctoral, Stanford University, 2005-2007
  • PhD, University of California, Berkeley, 2005
  • AB, Cornell University, 2000