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Wilkes University’s Dr. Zbigniew Witczak Elected President of the International Carbohydrate Organization

Zbigniew Witczak, chair of the department of pharmaceutical sciences in Wilkes University’s Nesbitt School of Pharmacy, was named President-Elect of the International Carbohydrate Organization for the 2016 – 2018 term. He will take the helm as President on Aug. 1, 2016, after the closing of the 28th International Carbohydrate Symposium this month, July 17-21, in New Orleans, La.. He is currently serving as Vice-Chair and National Representative to the Organization. 

Photo of Dr. WitczakMembership in the organization includes 33 countries worldwide, and Witczak’s term is only the third time for a representative from the United States has been elected president. His term culminates at the 29th International Carbohydrate Symposium, which will be held in Lisbon, Portugal in July 2018.

Witczak received a doctorate in organic chemistry of natural products from the Medical University of Lodz in Lodz, Poland. After completing his post-doctoral training at Purdue University with Roy L. Whistler, International Carbohydrate Organization Founder, Witczak worked at A. E. Staley. He later joined the pharmacy faculty at the University of Connecticut in 1990. He joined the Wilkes faculty in 2000, and was appointed chair of the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences in the Nesbitt School of Pharmacy at Wilkes University in 2013.

A fellow of the American Chemical Society, he has received several awards from the society for his research in carbohydrate chemistry. Witczak serves on the editorial boards of numerous scientific journals, including Current Organic Synthesis, Mini Reviews in Organic Synthesis, Current Medicinal Chemistry and the Journal of Carbohydrate Chemistry. He has authored nearly 100 articles which have appeared in international scientific journals and has published six books. 

The International Carbohydrate Organization (ICO) was established in 1980. The advances in carbohydrate chemistry have led to the ICO appointment to the Associated Organization of the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry, and as an Interest Group of the International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.