Bionanomaterials Lab - UC Berkeley and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

Professor Seung-Wuk Lee

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

University of California, Berkeley: Professor, Bioengineering
Lawrence Berkeley National Lab: Scientist, Biological Systems and Engineering

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)


  • One of 12 Highlights for President Obama's US Congress report for the NSF (2014)
  • Samsung GRO Award (2013)
  • R&D 100 Awards (2013)
  • One of the 17 breakthrough of the 2012 Scientific Discovery (iO9 Committee; 2012)
  • 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

Professor Lee earned his B.S and M.S. from Korea University (Seoul) and his Ph.D. from the University of Texas at Austin (2003). After a postdoctoral fellowship at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab, he joined as a faculty member at UC Berkeley in 2006, was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2011 and became a Professor in 2015. He is also the Associate Director of the Center of Integrated Nanomechanical Systems at UCB and a Scientist at LBNL Biological Systems and Engineering. The Lee group uses chemical and biological approaches to create precisely defined nanomaterials, to investigate complex phenomena at their interfaces, and to develop novel, biomimetic, functional materials. Among other awards, Professor Lee is R&D 100 Award (2013) and an NSF CAREER awardee. Dr. Lee's on going research was chosen as one of 12 highlight researches chosen by the President Obama's National Science Foundation Report for the US Congress entitled "Manufacturing Goes Viral" (2014) and chosen as one of top five Future Nanomanufacturings by Scientific American (2013).