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    • 이상엽 Lee, Sang Yup
    • 카이스트 생명화학공학과 특훈교수, 카이스트 연구원 원장
      Distinguished Professor, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, KAIST; Dean, KAIST Institute

    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 Dean of KAIST Institutes, 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 at KAIST from 2008 to 2013. He has published more than 620 journal papers, 83 books/book chapters, and more than 710 patents. He received numerous awards, including the National Order of Merit, National Science Medal, Ho-Am Prize, POSCO TJ Park Prize, the Korea Best Scientist Award, the NAEK Award, James Bailey Award, International Metabolic Engineering Award, Marvin Johnson Award, US Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award, Charles Thom Award, George Washington Carver Award, Eni Award, and SAMSON Prize. Professor Lee also delivered numerous named lectures around the world. He is currently elected member/fellow of American Academy of Microbiology, USA, Korean Academy of Science and Technology, Korea, American Association for the Advancement of Science, USA, Society for Industrial Microbiology, USA, National Academy of Engineering Korea, Korea, American Institute of Chemical Engineers, USA, American Institute of Medical and Biological Engineering, USA, the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS), Italy, and the National Academy of Inventors, USA. He is one of 13 people in the world who are elected as a foreign member of both the US National Academy of Sciences and the US National Academy of Engineering. He is honorary professor of University of Queensland, Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Wuhan University, Hubei University of Technology, and Beijing University of Chemical Technology, Jiangnan University, Tianjin Institute of Industrial Biotechnology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, Ocean University of China, National Tsing Hua University. He has served as a chairman of the Global Agenda Council on Emerging Technologies and Global Agenda Council on Biotechnology, and is currently serving as a co-chair of Global Future Council on Biotechnology, World Economic Forum.


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