2018 Technical Conference and Belfort Lecture

Dates: May 9, 2018


Wed, May 9, 2018

8:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT



Deans Auditorium, Pfendler Hall

715 W. State Street

West Lafayette, IN 47906

The Belfort Lectures were established and endowed by Dr. Anne D. Belfort in memory of her late husband Dr. Alan M. Belfort, who was awarded a Ph.D. degree from Purdue University in carbohydrate chemistry in 1960. Support for the Belfort Lectures is generously continued by Alan and Anne's daughter Anne E. Belfort. Persons honored by being chosen to give a Belfort Lecture are scientists who have made outstanding contributions to glycoscience.

This year's Belfort Lecture will be presented by Dr. Lubbert Dijkhuizen, professor of Microbiology. He initiated many research projects into life processes in micro-organisms and relevant industrial and other applications of this fundamental knowledge. The main focus in this research is on the ability to use micro-organisms and enzymes in biotechnological processes, in particular in the conversion of carbohydrates. Dijkhuizen's research also focuses on tuberculosis.


  • Dr. Lubbert Dijkhuizen - Belfort Lecturer, University of Groningen

  • Dr. Bruce Hamaker - Novel Slowly Digestible Carbohydrates and Human Body Response, Purdue University

  • Dr. Heather Leidy - Macronutrients & Human Studies, Purdue University

  • Dr. Yuan Yao - Phytoglycogen: A Review, Purdue University

  • Whistler Center Faculty - Big Idea