The 2015 Chris Scanlan Memorial Travel Award has been issued to Anna-Janina Behrens, a DPhil student working in glycobiology at the University of Oxford. Nominated by Dr. Max Crispin, her thesis is focused on targeting the glycan shield of the trimeric envelope spike of HIV-1. While just in the second year of her doctoral work, Behrens has made significant progress with the site-specific analysis of BG505 trimers. Initially, she focused on completing the MALDI MS analysis of glycopeptides pools corresponding to isolated glycosylation sites and has also implemented an in-line LC-MS method and integrated ion intensities to obtain quantification that correspond well with those observed by MALDI. Subsequently, Behrens has been able to produce a quantitative site-specific analysis of the vast majority of the glycan sites on BG505 SOSIP.
Behrens will be using the award to attend the 2016 Scripps CHAVI-ID All-Investigators Retreat in La Jolla, CA, January 11-13.