2016 Molecular and Cellular Proteomics/American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Lectureship Award

Dr. Lance Wells is currently the Georgia Research Alliance Lars G. Ljungdahl Distinguished Investigator, Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center at the University of Georgia, and has made seminal contributions in the glycosciences. Dr. Wells has not only been involved in the development of mass-spectrometry tools such as IDAWG, isotopic detection of aminosugars with glutamine, to make glycomics technologies more accessible to non-glycobiologists, but he has been instrumental in understanding the importance of alpha-dystroglycan glycosylation in the development of muscular dystrophies. Lance has also been actively involved in investigating the roles of post-translational O-GlcNAc protein modification and has linked this nutrient sensing pathway to regulation of hyperglycemia and more recently has shown that mutations in O-GlcNAc transferase are causal for X-linked intellectual disability in humans. His contributions and knowledge of the field are highly regarded not only by his peers, but also by MCP who has renewed Lance for another 5-year term on the Editorial Board of the journal.