Sang Yup Lee

Sang Yup Lee

Distinguished Professor of Chemical Engineering
Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Dr. Sang Yup Lee is Distinguished Professor at the Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST). He is currently the Director of Center for Systems and Synthetic Biotechnology, Director of BioProcess Engineering Research Center, and Director of Bioinformatics Research Center. He served as a Founding Dean of College of Life Science and Bioengineering from 2008-2013, and then as a Dean of KAIST Institutes from 2013-2015. In the fields including metabolic engineering, biochemical engineering and industrial biotechnology, he has published more than 530 journal papers, 72 books/book chapters, and more than 580 patents—either registered or applied. He received numerous awards, including the National Order of Merit Red Stripes, National Science Medal, Ho-Am Prize in Engineering, POSCO TJ Park Prize, Merck Metabolic Engineering Award, Marvin Johnson Award, Charles Thom Award, and Elmer Gaden Award. He is currently Fellow of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, American Association for the Advancement of Sciences, American Academy of Microbiology, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, the World Academy of Sciences, Korean Academy of Science and Technology, and National Academy of Engineering Korea. He is also Foreign Associate of National Academy of Engineering USA, and Editor-in-Chief of Biotechnology Journal, and Associate Editor and board member of numerous journals. He has served as the Chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies and also Biotechnology, at the World Economic Forum. He founded the World Council on Industrial Biotechnology in 2010 and served as a Founding Chair for two years. He is currently serving as a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Science and Technology of Republic of Korea. His research interests are metabolic engineering, systems biology and biotechnology, industrial biotechnology, synthetic biology, and nanobiotechnology.