Research

Welcome to the Swarts Lab at Central Michigan University. Our research program combines the fields of chemistry, biochemistry, and microbiology to develop new approaches for investigating and targeting cell-wall components in mycobacteria, including the global pathogen Mycobacterium tuberculosis. Using chemical and chemoenzymatic synthetic methods as our lab's foundation, we aim to create chemical tools that will help to illuminate how various cell-wall components contribute to mycobacterial physiology and pathogenesis. Research areas:

  • New methods for the synthesis of modified carbohydrates
  • Chemical reporter systems for probing cell-wall components in live bacterial cells

  • Research in our lab is inherently interdisciplinary and offers a unique environment for scientific training in the context of a major global health issue. For more information, visit our research overview and and learn about opportunities to join the lab.