ARC Future Fellowships - Grant ID: FT130100103 [ 2014-02-01 - 2017-12-31 ]

Research Grant

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Researchers: A/Prof Spencer Williams (Future Fellowship )

Brief description Breaking it down: Dissecting the mechanism and exploring new inhibition strategies for polysaccharide cleaving enzymes. Mannose, a common carbohydrate building block, is present in a wide variety of complex polysaccharides including energy storage polymers and glycans attached to proteins. The enzymes that degrade these mannose-rich polymers, termed mannosidases, are important in biofuel production and human health and disease. This project will study a range of mannosidases to chemically and structurally define their mechanisms and establish strategies to allow intervention in mannosidase-specific disease processes. This work will inform strategies to engineer new enzymes for future biotechnology and industrial applications including sustainable chemical manufacturing, and underpin the development of innovative drugs for treating fungal infections and cancer.

Funding Amount $872,240

Funding Scheme ARC Future Fellowships

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