Image: Dr. Lance Wells, professor in the Complex Carbohydrate Research Center, has been named a Distinguished Research Professor. His research provides a foundation for understanding the biological roles that O-glycan modifications of proteins play to increase functional diversity. Defects in the synthesis of O-glycans are responsible for a host of human diseases, including muscular dystrophies and intellectual disabilities. Wells seeks to gain an understanding of the role of O-glycans in these conditions. The title of Distinguished Research Professor recognizes senior faculty members who are internationally recognized for their innovative body of work and its transformational impact on the field. The Professorship is awarded to individuals working at the very top of their discipline, who are recognized as preeminent leaders in their fields of study. Congratulations, Dr. Wells!