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Suri S. Iyer

Professor; Director of Graduate Studies

B.S., Ferguson College, 1991
M.S., Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai, 1993
Ph.D., Indiana University, 2000
Postdoc, Emory University 2000-2002
Postdoc, Los Alamos National Laboratory, 2002-2004


Synthetic Chemistry, Glycoscience, Assay Development, Virology, Point of Care Diagnostics.


The Iyer research group is mainly focused on glycoscience and the application of glycans (or carbohydrates) as integral components of point of care diagnostics. Our long term goals are to develop products that could be used at primary care physician’s offices, low resource settings and eventually, homes. We have been developing glycan based diagnostics for the capture and detection of  toxins and pathogens such as Shiga toxin, influenza virus, norovirus and malaria. Since our research group’s interests lies at the interface of glycoscience and infectious diseases, students in our  group are exposed to different disciplines as all projects span different scientific areas. For example, a typical project involves the design and syntheses of ligands, assay development, detection of pathogens and validation of the results. Developing point of care diagnostics also requires collaborations from experts from different disciplines. We collaborate with scientists at the Centers for  Disease Control in Atlanta and faculty at Emory, UGA and other Universities. We are also working with a small business to translate our research to the clinic. These collaborations enrich student’s experience and are very valuable to their professional development. We welcome you to GSU and look forward to hearing from you.


Recent publications:
Zhang, X.; Dhawane A. B.; Sweeney, J.; He, Y.; Vasireddi, M. V.; Iyer, S. S. Electrochemical Assay to Detect Influenza Viruses and Measure Drug Susceptibility, Angew. Chem. Int. Ed. Engl. 2015, 54, 5929–5932.
Dinh, H.; Zhang, X.; Sweeney, J.; Yang, Y.; He, Y.; Dhawane, A.; Iyer, S. S. Glycan based detection and drug susceptibility of influenza virus. Anal Chem 2014, 86, 8238.
Yang Y.; He, Y.; Li, X.; Dinh, H. and Iyer S. S. Bifunctional thiosialosides inhibit influenza virus. Bioorg. Med. Chem. Lett. 2014, 24, 636-643.