Ole Hindsgaul trained as a synthetic carbohydrate chemist and held a Professor position in the Department of Chemistry at the University Alberta since 1981. His major research contributions there were in:
The move to the Carlsberg Laboratory in July, 2003, was accompanied by a complete change in research direction. The decision was made that the fields of Glycobiology and Glycomics were frequently operating in the "dark ages", and were much in need of new analytical methods for the SIMPLE and rapid detection and characterization of glycoconjugates. Every laboratory should be able to assess glycosylation differences on glycoproteins and glycolipids, and sequence them in house. The decision was also made to work with only a small and focused group of talented individuals: the one you see on the home page.