University of Guelph, Guelph, ON
email: hlee @ uoguelph.ca
Dr. Hung Lee received his B.Sc. (honors) degree in Biochemistry at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in 1977. He took graduate training in Biochemistry at McGill University with a specialization in biochemical pharmacology and earned his Ph.D. degree in November, 1982. Following his doctoral dissertation, he took up a Research Associateship position at the National Research Council Canada (NRCC) Laboratories in Ottawa where he carried out extensive research on pentose-fermenting yeasts. In June 1986, he joined the faculty in the Department of Environmental Biology (now School of Environmental Sciences) at the University of Guelph where he has been active in teaching and research ever since.
At the University of Guelph, Dr. Lee has established a laboratory devoted to studying the biochemistry and physiology of microorganisms with potential for biotechnological or environmental applications. He has taken 2 sabbatical leaves, both at UBC. The first was spent in the Nobel laureate Professor Michael Smith's laboratory where he gained firsthand experience in site-directed mutagenesis and molecular biology. The second was spent in Professor Jack Saddler's lab where he became re-acquainted with the lignocellulosic biomass conversion process.
Dr. Lee's current research interests include metabolism & bioconversion of hemicellulosic sugars, detection & monitoring of microorganisms in the environment, and biotransformation and biodegradation of environmental pollutants. Dr. Lee has authored or co-authored over 210 refereed journal papers and book chapters and was awarded 1 patent. He also co-edited 1 conference proceeding and made over 230 presentations at national and international conferences.
Dr. Lee was cited for research excellence by Imperial Oil Limited in the field of Environmental Biology in 1990, received the 2002-2004 University of Guelph President’s Distinguished Professor Award and the 2012 Ontario Agricultural College Distinguished Researcher Award. He currently serves as a Regional Associate Editor for the journal Environmental Toxicology, as well as an Editorial Board Member for Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Journal of Microbiology, Journal of the Korean Society for Applied Biological Chemistry and Korean Journal of Environmental Agriculture.