About Analytical Services and Training

The  Analytical Services and Training at the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center (AST-CCRC) provides services in the isolation, structural elucidation and validation of polysaccharides, glycoproteins, and glycolipids. These services are offered to university, government, and industrial laboratories world-wide.

We offer: In-depth structural characterization of samples derived from plant, animal, bacteria, or produced through cell culture. The Analytical Services team has the expertise and experience to tackle the most challenging projects in the analysis of glycoconjugates. Each year, CCRC Analytical Services and Training provides specialized carbohydrate analyses to over 100 clients. Although we are not GLP-certified, we are committed to follow the GLP and GMP regulation and ICH guidelines. We also develop and perform method validations. The CCRC is willing to sign confidential disclosure agreements with companies and universities upon request.

Hands-on training: Analytical Services and Training offers Glycobiology courses for scientists every summer in academic, governmental and industry. We train undergraduate and graduate students, postdoctoral research associates, and visiting scientists from the United States and around the world in the principles, methods, and analytical techniques used to study complex carbohydrates. In addition to offering carbohydrate analytical services and training to the scientific community, the AST- CCRC also conducts research into new methods for glycoscience research.

About the CCRC: The CCRC was founded at the University of Georgia in September 1985 to answer the national need for a center devoted to increasing knowledge of the structures and functions of complex carbohydrates. Evidence was rapidly growing of the key roles these molecules play in a broad range of biological recognition and regulatory phenomena — cellular communication, gene expression, immunology, organism defense mechanisms, growth and development. As this area of research had been a relatively under-funded and under-staffed endeavor in the United States, it was essential to direct more research attention and investment toward elucidating the chemical structures and biological functions of the oligo- and polysaccharides involved in these processes, to train more glycoscientists, and to bring together the multidisciplinary expertise and the expensive instrumentation required to serve the scientific community.

Today, the CCRC is home to three federally designated centers for carbohydrate research: the Department of Energy (DOE)-funded Center for Plant and Microbial Complex Carbohydrates and Center for Bioenergy Innovation, the National Institutes of Health-funded “National Resource Center in Glycoscience”, as well as the New Materials Institute. Analytical Services and Training at the CCRC are committed to facilitating glycobiology and glycoscience research and training.