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The Huseman Group is a synthetic organic chemistry group specializing in the development of new methods for carbohydrate synthesis and modification. Carbohydrates play pivotal roles in biological processes such as metabolism, protein folding, and cell-to-cell communication. They feature prominently in pharmaceuticals used in the treatment of diseases ranging from diabetes to cancer. Structurally, carbohydrates are stereochemically complex and rich in heteroatoms (namely oxygen). These factors complicate their chemical manipulation and, ultimately, the study of their biological properties. As synthetic chemists, we view these structural challenges as opportunities to develop new chemistry that will facilitate biological studies and medicinal chemistry campaigns.

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