BioE Seminar: Systems Metabolic Engineering as an Enabler for Successful BIo-Based Production of Chemicals and Materials

Thursday, May 3, 2018

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Fitzpatrick Center Schiciano Auditorium Side A, room 1464

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Sang Yup Lee, Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Dean of KAIST Institutes, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)


Due to our increasing concerns on climate change and other environmental issues, bio-based production of chemicals and materials from renewable non-food resources has been attracting much interest. In this lecture, I will present the general strategies for the bio-based production of chemicals, in particular focusing on systems metabolic engineering as an enabler. Following description on various tools and methods of systems metabolic engineering, I will showcase several example products ranging from fuels, bulk chemicals and also materials.


Dr. Sang Yup Lee is Distinguished Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering and Dean of KAIST Institutes, KAIST. He received numerous awards, including 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 currently Fellow of American Association for the Advancement of Science, American Academy of Microbiology, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, the World Academy of Sciences, Korean Academy of Science and Technology, National Academy of Engineering of Korea, and National Academy of Inventors USA. He is one of 13 people in the world elected as Foreign Associate of both National Academy of Engineering USA and National Academy of Sciences USA. He is currently co-chair of the Global Future Council on Biotechnology, World Economic Forum, and is editor-in-chief of Biotechnology Journal (Wiley) and Metabolic Engineering (Elsevier). His research areas are metabolic engineering, systems biology, industrial biotechnoloy and nanobiotechnology. He has published more than 580 journal papers and is inventor of 636 patents.



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