University of Georgia

Kelley Moremen honored with Karl Meyer Lectureship Award

University of Georgia researcher Kelley Moremen

Kelley Moremen, a Distinguished Research Professor of biochemistry and molecular biology in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and member of the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, was chosen as the newest recipient of the Karl Meyer Lectureship Award.

The award is presented by the Society for Glycobiology, an international organization composed of scholars who are devoted to bettering the understanding of carbohydrate structures and functions and sharing their knowledge with scientists around the world. The award was named after Karl Meyer, one of the founding members of the glycoscience field and the society, and recognizes well-established scientists who make widely recognized, outstanding contributions to the field of glycobiology.

“This is the pinnacle recognition within the society and field of glycobiology,” said Moremen, who has served as president, secretary and on the board of directors for the society. “It’s a tremendous honor and a humbling recognition to be among the names of those who have previously been recognized for this award.”

Robert Haltiwanger and Jerry Hart, also faculty at the CCRC, are former recipients of the award. Like his predecessors, Moremen has made notable contributions to the field of glycoscience, which studies complex carbohydrates, how they interact with other molecules in the body, and how they contribute to human health and disease. He has amassed more than 170 publications and garnered continuous grant funding from the National Institutes of Health over his 29-year career at the University of Georgia. His fellow colleagues in the CCRC, and the synergy with which they work with one another, has greatly aided him in his research endeavors, he said.

“The CCRC is an internationally recognized center of excellence and has a unique collection of faculty members that work together to collectively leverage the expertise of individual members of the center to be able to address questions that a single investigator at a university would never be able to do,” Moremen said.

Founded in the 1960s, the Society for Glycobiology has more than 500 members from around the globe, where they share their advancements in glycoscience research at its annual meeting each year. Moremen will accept the award at the society’s 2020 meeting in November.