Tyler Edward Benedum was born and raised in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Upon graduation from Conestoga Valley High School, he attended Washington College in Chestertown, Maryland. While at Washington College , Tyler was a member of Theta Chi National Fraternity and captain of the rowing team. In addition, he completed a two-year internship in pyrotechnics under Dr. John Conkling. His internship involved studying the sensitivity and reactivity of various oxidizer/fuel mixture. Some of his achievements include membership in Omicron Delta Kappa honor society as well as receiving the Baltimore Chemical Society Scholarship award. After graduating magna cum laude with a B.S. in chemistry, Tyler came to The University of Virginia.
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Current work involves the synthesis of complex carbohydrate for use in synthetic cancer antigens. Starting with simple carbohydrates, a versatile and efficient synthesis of several known antigen analogs is being developed (see figure below). These analogs contain an allyl group that is to be used in linking the carbohydrate to an immunostimulating peptide. These glycopeptides will be tested for use as cancer vaccines.