James C. Paulson

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James C. Paulson
Alma materMacMurray College, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana
AwardsUnited States EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Award, Barnett Lecture, Bijvoet Medal, Karl Meyer Award
Scientific career
InstitutionsThe Scripps Research Institute

James C. Paulson is an American biochemist and biologist known for his work in glycobiology.


A graduate of MacMurray College and University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign (M.S., Ph.D.), Paulson was a faculty member and vice-chair of the Department of Biological Chemistry at UCLA School of Medicine (now David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA) from 1978-1990. In 1996, he began working for Cytel Corporation, where he was vice president, chief scientific officer, and member of the Board of Directors.[1]

In 1999, he joined the full-time faculty of The Scripps Research Institute. In 2001, he became principal researcher and founding director of the National Institutes of Health-funded Consortium for Functional Glycomics.[2] In 2013, he was appointed chair of the institute's Department of Cell and Molecular Biology. From August 2014 to September 2015, he was the institute's acting president and CEO.[3][4]

Paulson is currently Cecil H. and Ida Green Professor and co-chair of Department of Molecular Medicine[5] at The Scripps Research Institute.

Paulson’s research program focuses on the field of glycomics, the study of sugars on a molecular level.[6][7] His work, which may have implications for the treatment of cancer,[8] influenza,[9] and bacterial infections,[10] has been recognized by awards including: Melville L. Wolfram Award;[11] Karl Meyer Award;[12] Bijvoet Medal, Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research, Utrecht University;[13] Barnett Lecture, Northeastern University;[14] and United States EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Award.[15]


Paulson is currently a Glycobiology (journal) editor[16] and past-chair of the American Chemical Society Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry.[17] He is also an advisory board member for: the Joint Center for Structural Genomics, PSI Biology; the Boston University Mass Spectrometry Resource; Alberta Glycomics Centre;[18] Institute for Biological Sciences, NRC, Ottawa; Center of Excellence in Influenza Research and Surveillance, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and Glyco-Net.[19]


  1. ^ "James Paulson CV". The Scripps Research Institute. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  2. ^ "Process Evaluation of the Large-Scale Collaborative Project Awards(Glue Grants) of the National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)" (PDF). nigms.nih.gov. Retrieved 2010-05-10.
  3. ^ "James Paulson chosen as TSRI's acting leader". sandiegouniontribune.com.
  4. ^ "Scripps Research Institute Announces Interim Leadership". Scripps.edu. 2014-08-25. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  5. ^ "ResearchDepartments". The Scripps Research Institute. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  6. ^ "James C Paulson (The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla) on ResearchGate - Expertise: Immunology, Cell Biology, Chemical Biology". Researchgate.net. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  7. ^ "Paulson Laboratory, Chemical Biology". The Scripps Research Institute. Retrieved 4 March 2017.
  8. ^ "Nanoparticle drug stops cancer's spread in mice". sciencemag.org.
  9. ^ "Preferential Recognition of Avian-Like Receptors in Human Influenza A H7N9 Viruses". sciencemag.org.
  10. ^ Wesener, Darryl A.; Wangkanont, Kittikhun; McBride, Ryan; Song, Xuezheng; Kraft, Matthew B.; Hodges, Heather L.; Zarling, Lucas C.; Splain, Rebecca A.; Smith, David F.; Cummings, Richard D.; Paulson, James C.; Forest, Katrina T.; Kiessling, Laura L. (2015). "Recognition of microbial glycans by human intelectin-1". Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. 22 (8): 603–610. doi:10.1038/nsmb.3053. PMC 4526365. PMID 26148048.
  11. ^ "ACS Awards". scripps.edu.
  12. ^ "Karl Meyer Award 2009 Recipient". Society for Glycobiology. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  13. ^ "James Paulson CV". Scripps.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  14. ^ "Faculty Page". Scripps.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  15. ^ "James Paulson CV". Scripps.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  16. ^ "Glycobiology". oxfordjournals.org.
  17. ^ "ACS Division of Carbohydrate Chemistry". acs.org.
  18. ^ "Scientific Advisory Board". Alberta Glycomics Centre. Retrieved 2015-08-12.
  19. ^ "Faculty Page". Scripps.edu. Retrieved 2015-08-12.

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