Abbott, D. Wade, Ph.D.

Research Scientist, Biochemistry

Contact Information:

5403-1st Avenue South
PO Box 3000
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4B1
Telephone: 403-317-3443
Fax: 403-382-3156

Areas of Expertise:

  • Bacteria-host relationships
  • Protein-carbohydrate interactions
  • Polysaccharide utilization
  • Structural biology of carbohydrate-active enzymes

Current Projects:

  • Gut health: polysaccharide utilization by the distal gut microbiota
  • Applications of carbohydrate active enzymes for animal agriculture
  • Pectin utilization by gastrointestinal symbionts
  • Mechanism of pectate lyases

Research Publications:

The links below lead to abstracts with access to full text.


  • Gruninger, R.J., Cote, C., McAllister, T.A., and Abbott, D.W. (2016). "Contributions of a unique β-clamp to substrate recognition illuminates the molecular basis of exolysis in ferulic acid esterases.", Biochemical Journal, 473(7), pp. 839-849. doi : 10.1042/BJ20151153
  • Hobbs, J.K., Lee, S.M., Robb, M., Hof, F., Barr, C., Abe, K.T., Hehemann, J.-H., McLean, R., Abbott, D.W., and Boraston, A.B. (2016). "KdgF, the missing link in the microbial metabolism of uronate sugars from pectin and alginate.", Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA (PNAS), 113(22), pp. 6188-6193. doi : 10.1073/pnas.1524214113








Other Science Related Publications:


  • Abbott, D.W. and Boraston, A.B. (2012). "Quantitative approaches to the analysis of carbohydrate-binding module function in “Cellulases (Glycoside Hydrolases).", in Gilbert, H.J. (ed.) - Methods in Enzymology, Elsevier, pp. 211-231.


  • Abbott, D.W. and Boraston, A.B. (2009). "Interactions between proteins and (1,3)-beta-glucans and related polysaccharides.", in Bacic, A., Fincher, G., and Stone, B. (eds.) - Chemistry, Biochemistry, and Biology of 1-3 Beta Glucans and Related Polysaccharides, Academic Press, Chapter 5, pp. 179-207.
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