Design of antagonists of LecB and LecB like lectins

Kanhaya Lal

Kanhaya Lal obtained his Bachelor of Pharmacy from Himachal Pradesh University, Shimla (India) in 2012. In 2014, he graduated with a master’s degree in Pharmacoinformatics from the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research (NIPER), Hajipur, India. Thereafter he worked as Junior Research fellow (2014-16) at NIPER, Mohali, India. In 2016, he visited the Michel Research Group at the University of Edinburgh, UK where he worked on the development of force field parameters for non-standard amino acids and graduated (2017) with a MRes degree in Computational Chemistry under the supervision of Dr. Julien Michel. He is currently pursuing his PhD under the supervision of Prof. Laura Belvisi and Prof. Anna Bernardi at the University of Milan, Italy and Prof. Anne Imberty and Dr. Annabelle Varrot at the Université Grenoble Alpes, France in a project concerning the computational and biophysical study of ligands for fuco- or manno-specific lectins.

Poster Prize

Kanhaya Lal (ESR2) participated in the Glyco@Club days symposium organised by the Glyco@Alps on November 4th and 5th at Autrans, France. The event was intended for PhD students, post-docs and young researchers working in the field of glycoscience. Kanhaya Lal has been awarded the first prize for his poster entitled “Structure-based design of glycomimetic inhibitors of bacterial lectin (BC2L-C), a novel target for drug resistant bacteria”. Kanhaya is working on a project concerning computational and biophysical study of ligands as inhibitors of fucose and mannose specific bacterial lectin (BC2L-C) which is responsible for the bacterial adhesion and subsequent infection.


  1. Kanhaya Lal, Rafael Bermeo, Serge Perez, Computational tools for drawing, building and displaying carbohydrates: a visual guide. Beilstein Journal of Organic Chemistry 202016, 2448–2468, doi:10.3762/bjoc.16.199.
  2. Kanhaya Lal, Rafael Bermeo, Jonathan Cramer, Francesca Vasile, Beat Ernst, Anne Imberty, Anna Bernardi, Annabelle Varrot, Laura Belvisi, Prediction and Validation of a Druggable Site on Virulence Factor of Drug Resistant Burkholderia cenocepacia, Chemistry 2021, doi: 10.1002/chem.202100252.