Dr. Fikri Avci is a glycoimmunologist who has training in both chemistry and biology of complex carbohydrates. He received his B.S. in Chemistry in 2001 from Fatih University and his Ph.D. in 2005 from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. Prior to his Assistant Professor position in the University of Georgia in 2013, Dr. Avci was a research fellow (2006-2011) and a faculty member (2011-2013) in the Departments of Medicine and Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School. He currently runs an interdisciplinary research group at the interface of carbohydrate research and immunology with an objective to explore treatment of and protection from infectious diseases and cancers by understanding key molecular and cellular interactions between the components of the immune system and carbohydrate antigens associated with microbes or cancers.