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Kyongbum Lee
Chair and Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering


2002 - Post-doc, Massachusetts General Hospital and Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston, MA
2002 - Ph.D., M.I.T., Cambridge, MA
1995 - B.S., Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Research Interests

  • Metabolic engineering
  • Tissue engineering
  • Systems biology

We are interested in the study of cellular metabolism and its role in directing biological function. Our research goals are to gain fundamental insights into the biochemical and biophysical cues contributing to the regulation of metabolic pathways, and to develop technologies for assembling, characterizing and manipulating these systems. Our vision is to translate these basic insights and technologies into applications leading to engineering practice and meaningful health outcomes. We are especially interested in discovering therapeutic and diagnostic targets for metabolic diseases such as obesity.

Awards and Honors

  • 2015 Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE)
  • 2010 Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award, Tufts University
  • 2010 Best Professor Award, Chemical and Biological Engineering, Tufts University
  • 2008 Invitation to UEF Emerging Leaders Alliance Leadership Training Program
  • 2007 Invitation to the National Academies Keck Futures Conference
  • 2007 Best Professor Award, Chemical and Biological Department, Tufts University
  • 2006 Jay Bailey Young Investigator Award for Best Paper in Metabolic Engineering
  • 2005 Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship for Semester Research Leave

Courses Taught

  • CHBE 21 - Fluid Dynamics
  • CHBE 102 - Chemical Reaction Engineering
  • CHBE 167 - Metabolic and Cellular Engineering