Bionanomaterials Lab - UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Professor Seung-Wuk Lee

Seung-Wuk Lee, Ph. D.
Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720
Phone: 510-486-4628, Fax: (510) 486-6488
E-mail: leesw@berkeley.edu
Curriculum Vitae

Appointments
University of California, Berkeley, Assistant Professor in Bioengineering
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Scientist in Physical Bioscience Division

Professional Preparation
Korea University, Seoul, Korea, Chemistry B. S. 1995
Korea University, Seoul, Korea, Organic Chemistry, M. S. 1997
The University of Texas at Austin, Chemistry and Biochemistry, Ph. D. 2003
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, Postdoctoral Fellowship (2004-2005)

Awards
Berkeley Faculty Research Award (2010)
Presidential Chair Fellows, University of California, Berkeley (2009)
Hellman Family Faculty Award (2008)
National Science Foundation Early Career Development Award (2008)
First Place in Top 5 Hot Talks /Cool Papers among 3,300 papers, 2007 Spring MRS Meeting (April, 2007)
Best Paper Awards, IEEE 2006 International Meeting (March 2006)
Annual Nanotech Briefs' Nano50 award; 2005 Nanoscience Innovator (2005)
Gold Award in MRS 2002 Fall Meeting Graduate Student Competition (December, 2002)
Best Poster Award in MRS 2002 Spring Meeting (April, 2002)
Best Employee Honor by Samsung Electronics (Display Device Div.) (1998)
First Class honors by Korea University (1993-1994)
Samsung Scholarships (1996-1997)
Baekwoon Foundation Scholarships (1994-1996).

About Professor Lee

In 2002, Seung-Wuk Lee, then a graduate student, at the University of Texas at Austin, developed a novel method to self-assemble various semiconductor nanoparticles into precisely ordered structures by exploiting genetically engineered viruses. Viruses were engineered to recognize specific semiconductor material surfaces and evolved to organize any nano-sized object into periodically ordered structures, which might be useful to construct next generation opto-electronic materials and devices. Now as an assistant professor at the Bioengineering, University of California, he is deciphering the secret of evolution of bone associated proteins. Recently, his team has isolated a series of functional peptides to recognize different surfaces of hydroxyapatite crystals (inorganic component of bone) through a bench-top evolution processes called phage display. Surprisingly, the specific binding peptides against hydroxyapatite match with collagen and many other bone associated proteins. He is further working toward the development of protein-based nanomaterials that could regenerate bone tissue and their unique properties to cure bone related diseases. In addition, based on these virus-based techniques, he is developing a general concept termed Virotronics, which exploit the unique properties of genetically-engineered viruses to carry information to build functional medical and electronic materials and devices.