Inaugural Chair’s Distinguished Lecture, Wednesday, May 30, 2018 4-5pm.
Physics and Astronomy Building, Auditorium 118 (Reception 3:15 – 4pm)
Dr. Sang Yup Lee
Distinguished Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Dean of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Institutes.
ABSTRACT: Due to our increasing concerns on climate change and other environmental problems, there has been much interest in bio-based production of chemicals, fuels and materials from renewable non-food biomass. Systems metabolic engineering, of which I will briefly review the current status, has been playing increasingly important roles in developing efficient production strains. In this lecture, I will showcase development of microbial strains capable of producing dicarboxylic acids, diamines, aromatics and others including polymers, with a focus on how to develop industrially relevant microbial cell factories for the efficient production of these chemicals and materials. Also, future directions will be discussed.
BIO: Dr. Sang Yup Lee is a Distinguished Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Dean of KAIST Institutes, KAIST. His numerous awards include the National Order of Merit, National Science Medal, Ho-Am Prize, POSCO TJ Park Prize, the Best Scientist and Technologist Award, James Bailey Award, Merck Metabolic Engineering Award, Elmer Gaden Award, Charles Thom Award, and Marvin Johnson Award.
He is a Fellow of AAAS, AIChE, AIMBE, SIMB, and a member of the American Academy of Microbiology, the World Academy of Sciences, the Korean Academy of Science and Technology, the National Academy of Engineering of Korea, and the National Academy of Inventors.
Dr. Lee is one of thirteen people in the world elected as Foreign Associate of both the National Academy of Engineering and the National Academy of Sciences, and is co-chair of the Global Future Council on Biotechnology at the World Economic Forum. He is editor-in-chief of Biotechnology Journal (Wiley) and Metabolic Engineering (Elsevier). His research in metabolic engineering, systems biology, industrial biotechnology and nanobiotechnology has yielded over 580 journal papers and 636 patents.