Systems glycobiology enabled by innovations in mass spectrometry and chemical biology

Glycosylation is a dominant feature of extracellular phenotypes. Glycoproteins present distinct combinations of glycans and amino acids that create unique molecular surfaces to relay biological information in a language called the glycocode. Despite evidence that the glycocode orchestrates numerous aspects of cell surface biology, we lack a fundamental understanding of the glycosylation landscape across the proteome, largely because we do not have tools to capture the glycocode at a systems level. Our group works to address this critical gap in current analytical technology to study glycocode regulation across biological networks that govern health and disease.

Latest News


The first pre-print from the Riley Research Group, "Instrumentation

at the leading edge of proteomics" goes live on ChemRxiv!


Nick presents a poster at the annual Society for Glycobiology meeting.


Nick joins as a new participating faculty member in the Cancer Consortium 

between UW, the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center, and Seattle Children's.


Nick officially joins UW's Biological Physics, Structure, and Design (BPSD)

Program as a new participating faculty member.


Nick presents a faculty lunch seminar to UW's Department of Biochemistry.


Nick visits New England BioLabs to present a seminar. It was a

great day full of fun science conversations and meeting new people.


Nick is recognized with the South Carolina Honors College

2023 Young Alumni Award.


Nick presents a seminar in UW's Department of Genome Sciences. 


Dr. Tim S. Veth begins his first day as a postdoc in the group.

He finished his Ph.D. with Profs. Maarten Altelaar and Albert Heck at Utrecht

University in the Netherlands. Welcome, Tim! We are excited to have you here!


Nick presents at the Translational Glycomics Symposium in Milwaukee, WI

as part of the section featuring Rising Stars in Glycoscience.


Emmajay is awarded a prestigious WRF Postdoctoral Fellowship!

Congratulations, Emmajay! We are so proud of you!


Chemistry World publishes an editorial from Nick about being in the

Bertozzi lab in October 2022 for the Nobel Prize Announcement.


Nick is selected as a Scialog Fellow for the Automating

Chemical Laboratories in the Scialog series.

2023.09.19 and 2023.09.20

Nick travels to Busan, South Korea to present a poster and a lunch seminar at the

22nd HUPO World Congress, where he also received the 2023 HUPO Rising Star Award.


Emmajay interviews for the Washington Reseach Foundation (WRF)

Postdoctoral Fellowship. Good luck, Emmajay! We are routing for you!


Dr. Emmajay Sutherland begins her first day as a postdoc in the group.

She finished her Ph.D. in Biochemistry with Prof. Clarissa Czekster at St. Andrews University

in Scotland. Welcome, Emmajay! We are excited to have you here!


The Riley Research Group officially opens its doors!

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We are a lab committed to quality science and a supportive lab environment. Collaboration and mentorship are themes of our group,

and we aim to make sure everyone has the opportunity to pursue their goals in research and beyond.