The Fehl Lab is passionate about developing chemical tools to unravel the complex mechanisms cells use to regulate their gene expression. We apply these tools to the diseased metabolic aspects of cancer, diabetes, and neurodegeneration, in particular by manipulating how cells use sugar levels as key signaling regulators.

Our key techniques include organic synthesis, biocatalysis, cell culture, proteomics, and bioinformatics to identify signaling pathways to reprogram pathological epigenetic pathways in disease.


Sept 21, 2021   Our new “Perspective” piece about the future of O-GlcNAc chemical tools, written with early GlcNAc pioneer John A. Hanover, was just accepted at Nature Chemical Biology! Link coming soon.

Aug 18, 2021   Our Fehl Lab summer outing was a total success. Kayaking the Detroit River was a great way to move our explorations outside of the Lab!

Fehl Group outing - 2021 kayak

July 30, 2021   Not one, but two of our fantastic undergrads received research awards. Very well done, Sydni and Vince!

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July 1, 2021   Our light-activated tools were selected for funding by a prestigious R35 grant from the NIH. Congrats to all who contributed data! (Jaggaiah, Courtney, Zack, Yimin, Saheed!) This grant generates chemical biology tools to follow O-GlcNAc protein effects in real-time, telling us which processes go awry between sugar metabolism and diseases like breast cancer.

June 29, 2021 Our teacher-scholars Saheed and Dan received recognition for his strong teaching. Congrats!

ImageDaniel Corey in the lab doing a demo for a visiting school group

June 25, 2021 Huge congrats to Courtney, who received a Cal Stevens award for her research excellence. Keep up the strong work!

Courtney Kondor

Jan 15, 2021   Jessica and Dan’s review on O-GlcNAcylated peptide + protein generation is out! Check out our lab’s first Review at ChemBioChem here. Congrats!

Dec 16, 2020   We also welcome Garry Leonard to the lab! Garry is super excited to build new light-controlled metabolic labeling tools for glycoscience.

Sept 2, 2020   We formally welcome Sydni to the lab! (though she joined us virtually in summer) New organic chemist on the block!


Sept 2, 2020    Congratulations to Jessica on the award of a Dr. Cal Stevens Memorial Scholarship! May it take you to great places.


August 27th    Kicking off the new term and celebrating 2 years as the Fehl Group on Detroit’s beautiful Belle Isle. This is a group with style…and attitude!

Aug 3, 2020    We welcome a new postdoc, Jess Stachowski, to the Fehl Lab! Congrats on your WSU Postdoctoral Research Fellowship, too!

July 31, 2020    Saheed’s continued service in NOBCChE’s board is stellar. Keep it up!


(and passing his candidacy exam on June 10th!)

May 30, 2020   Vince wins an Uzomo Azuh Endowed Memorial prize in Chemistry. Well done, Vince!


May 22, 2020    Charlie wins a Faculty Development Award from Wayne State University.


–March-May: Brief Lab shutdown…keep safe, everyone–

Nov 14, 2019   Congratulations to Jessica for achieving a Eugine Perrin Science and Peace Fellowship from Wayne State University! We will march one step closer to world harmony using her anti-diabetes peptide probes.

Mole Day, 2019 (October 23rd)   We pulled it off! The Wayne State American Chemical Society Student Affiliates (Chem Club), co-advised by Charlie Fehl and Sue White, constructed the World’s Largest Periodic Table of the Elements for STEM outreach:


Check out the story here: Fox 2 News and the Detroit Free Press

Thanks to WSU, University of Detroit-Mercy, the University of Michigan (Flint and Dearborn campuses), Lawrence Technological University, and the Detroit Local Section of the American Chemical Society for support and volunteers!


June 27, 2019  Congratulations to Zack who was awarded an Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity Fellowship from the Wayne State Medical School!

June 23, 2019  More Fehl Lab exposure at Carbohydrates Gordon Research Conference!


June 2, 2019  Fehl Lab exposure at the High Throughput Chemistry and Chemical Biology Gordon Research Conference


March 16, 2019 Neinas Academy joins the Fehl group for fun with science. Well-handled by the group…though Jessica looks concerned about proper technique!

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January 21, 2019 Dr. Jaggaiah Naidu joins us as a postdoctoral scholar specializing in carbohydrate synthetic chemical biology. Welcome!

December 6, 2018 We officially welcome our first group of graduate students: Jessica Groenevelt, Dan Corey, Zack Nelson, and Saheed Ayodeji…let’s do great science!

Oct 13, 2018 Charlie is selected to give the keynote lecture at the ACS Detroit Chapter “Chemistry in the Motor City” Symposium. Great talks from UT, OSU, Umich, and WSU!


Sept 15th, 2018 Minor equipment failure (the light switches) gives a cool photo op:          –> Doug and Ali getting our E. coli strains up and running


September, 2018 The lab begins! We welcome Ali, Doug, and Anthony–Undergrad Research Assistants–and Yimin, lab manager, to drive our tissue culture, molecular biology, and bioinformatics!

August 15, 2018 Goodbye old equipment – more space for rotavaps!


August 8, 2018 The Fehl Lab officially opens! I look forward to meeting the new class of WSU Chemists!

April 7, 2018 Charlie is honored to join Wayne State Chemistry to study the epigenetic signaling pathways of sugar-protein conjugates. The lab-building begins…