Geert-Jan Boons

Complex glycans in health and disease
Utrecht University, Departments of Pharmaceutical Sciences and Chemistry, Utrecht, Netherlands


Geert-Jan Boons is the UGA Foundation Distinguished Professor in Biochemical Sciences at the Department of Chemistry and the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center (CCRC) of the University of Georgia (USA) and Professor and Chair of the Department of Medicinal and Biological Chemistry of Utrecht University (The Netherlands). He received a B.S. and PhD in Chemistry from the Leiden University (The Netherlands) and spent seven years in the UK, first as a postdoctoral fellow at Imperial College, London, and the University of Cambridge, and then as a lecturer and professor at the University of Birmingham. In 1998, he joined the faculty of the Department of Chemistry and CCRC of the University of Georgia, and in 2015 he accepted an academic appointment at Utrecht University. Among others, he has received the Creativity in Carbohydrate Science Award by the European Carbohydrate Association (2003), the Horace Isbell Award by the American Chemical Society (ACS) (2004), the Roy L. Whistler International Award in Carbohydrate Chemistry by the International Carbohydrate Organization (2014), the Hudson Award (2015), and the Cope Mid-Career Scholar Award from ACS (2016). His group is developing methods for synthesizing exceptionally complex glycans and glycoconjugates that are being used for biological and biomedical explorations with a focus on immunology.