Projects in the group currently involve one of the following general categories:
1) Understanding and characterizing bacterial polysaccharide biosynthesis systems, with the eventual goal of developing new therapeutics or vaccines based on complex polysaccharide polymers.
2) Polysaccharide biosynthesis probes, focusing on identifying the role of complex polysaccharides in nature.
3) The development of novel selective inhibitors of the enzyme Undecaprenyl Pyrophosphate Synthase, a protein critical to bacterial survival.
4) The design and production of novel bio-based nanomaterials.
The Troutman Lab is affiliated with three graduate programs at UNC-Charlotte including the Chemistry M.S., Nanoscale Science Ph.D., and Interdisciplinary Biology Ph.D. programs. Our group is also affiliated with the Center for Biomedical Engineering and Science. We are currently funded through National Institutes of Health.
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