Christopher W. Cairo

  • 2012 – present – Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Alberta
  • 2006 – 2012 – Assistant Professor of Chemistry, University of Alberta
  • 2006 – NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard Medical School
  • 2002 – Ph.D. (Chemistry) University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • 1996 – B.Sc. (Chemistry) SUNY-Albany

Chris originally hails from the great state of New York, where he pursued his undergraduate degree in Chemistry at the State University of New York-Albany. In 1996, he moved on to pursue his Ph.D. at the University of Wisconsin-Madison under the supervision of Prof. Laura L. Kiessling. After completing his graduate studies in 2002, he became an NIH Postdoctoral fellow at Harvard Medical School in the Department of Biological Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology with Prof. David E. Golan. Chris began his appointment as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at the University of Alberta in July of 2006, and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2012. He is currently a Principal Investigator in the Alberta Glycomics Centre (formerly known as the  Alberta Ingenuity Centre for Carbohydrate Science (AICCS)), and is also a PI in GlycoNet. His research interests include bioorganic and peptide chemistry, carbohydrate chemistry, chemical biology, biophysics, and cell biology.

Classes Taught:

  • Chem 261 – Introductory Organic Chemistry I
  • Chem 263 – Introductory Organci Chemistry II
  • Chem 669 – Carbohydrate Chemistry & Glycobiology
  • Chem 564 – Bioconjugate Cehmistry

Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Gour Daskhan, Ph.D.
  • Tianlin Guo, Ph.D.

Technicians & Research Assistants

  • Chunxia (Cecilia) Zou, M.Sc.
  • R. Blake Zheng, M.Sc.

Graduate Students

  • Amran Howlader (Chemical Biology)
  • Carmanah Hunter (Chemical Biology)
  • Radhika Chakraberty (Chemical Biology)
  • Hanh-Thuc Tran (Chemical Biology)
  • Mostafa Radwan (Chemical Biology)

Former Graduate Students

  • Naresh Tulsi, M.Sc. 2011 (Chemical Biology) – Current position: Analyst, Stryker Co., Australia
  • Chris M. Sadek, M.Sc. 2011 (Chemical Biology) – Current position: Instructor, Mount Royal University
  • Njuacha George Ebesoh, M.Sc. 2011 (Chemical Biology) – Current position: Alberta Health Services
  • Jessie A. Key, Ph.D 2011 (Chemical Biology) – Current position: Professor, Victoria Island University
  • Ravi S. Loka, Ph.D 2011 (Organic Chemistry) – Current position: PDF, Iowa State University
  • Yao Zou, M.Sc. 2011 (Organic Chemistry) – Current position: Gilead Pharmaceuticals LLC, Edmonton AB
  • A. Michael Downey, M.Sc. 2012 (Chemical Biology) – Current position: Graduate student, Charles University
  • Feng Jia, M.Sc. 2013 (Chemical Biology) – Current position: Lab Analyst, Labs-Mart Inc., Edmonton AB
  • Amgad Albohy, Ph.D. 2014 (Chemical Biology) – Current position: PDF, University of Georgia
  • Neha Khanna, M.Sc. 2014 (Chemical Biology) – Current position: Toronto Research Chemicals, Toronto, ON
  • Arpand Dandapat, M.Sc. 2014 (Chemical Biology) – Current position: Toronto Research Chemicals, Toronto, ON
  • Daniel Hernandez Armada, M.Sc. 2014 (Chemical Biology) – Current position: Core Services Workflow Coordinator, Alberta Glycomics Centre

Former Postdoctoral Fellows

  • Mahendra Sandbhor, Ph.D. (2007-2011) – Current position: Sussex Research, Ottawa ON
  • Yi Zhang, Ph.D. (2011-2013) – Current position: Naeja Pharmaceuticals, Edmonton AB
  • Caishun (Carson) Li, Ph.D. (2009-2014) – Current position: Research Associate, Alberta Glycomics Centre
  • Amgad Albohy, Ph.D. (2014) – Current position: PDF, University of Georgia

Former Technicians & Research Assistants

  • Ileana Strelkov, M.Sc.
  • Kieran McGowan

Former Undergraduate Students & Interns

  • Mitch J. Huot (Chemistry, ’07)
  • Amanda Leong (Biological Sciences & Psychology, ’11)
  • Vicki Lee (Neurobiology)
  • Tete Li (Biochemistry, ’09)
  • Matthew D. Li (Engineering, ’12)
  • A. Michael Downey (Pharmacology, ’09)
  • Soo Hur (Biochemistry, ’12)
  • Katelynne Madill (King’s College, ’13)
  • Brent Andringa (Chemistry, ’14)
  • Jobette Santos (Chemistry, ’15)
  • Hyun Joo (Esther) Yang (Chemistry, ’15)
  • Tyler Ruel (Biological Sciences, ’15)
  • Danyang Liu (Research Intern, Ji Lin University)
  • Dana Boe (Chemistry, ’18)
  • Marina Eckerman (Research Intern, University of Munich)
  • Julia Rode (Research Intern, Technical University of Munich)