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Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering

Kyongbum Lee

Professor and Chair
Tissue and Metabolic Engineering Laboratory

Kyongbum Lee

Professor and Chair
Tissue and Metabolic Engineering Laboratory

Phone 617-627-4323
Science and Technology Center, Room 150
4 Colby Street, Medford, MA
Research: 
metabolic engineering
Education: 
Ph.D., MIT, 2002
B.S., Stanford University, 1995
Research Interests: 

Kyongbum Lee's research interests include metabolic engineering, tissue engineering, and systems biology. His research group is interested in the study of cellular metabolism and its role in directing biological function. The group aims 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. It seeks to translate these basic insights and technologies into applications leading to engineering practice and meaningful health outcomes. The group is particularly interested in discovering therapeutic and diagnostic targets for metabolic diseases such as obesity.

Selected Honors and Awards: 
  • 2015: Fellow, American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
  • 2010: Graduate Teaching and Mentoring Award, Tufts University
  • 2010: Best Professor Award, Tufts Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2008: Invitation to UEF Emerging Leaders Alliance Leadership Training Program
  • 2007: Invitation to the National Academies Keck Futures Conference
  • 2007: Best Professor Award, Tufts Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • 2006: Jay Bailey Young Investigator Award for Best Paper in Metabolic Engineering
  • 2005: Andrew W. Mellon Foundation Fellowship for Semester Research Leave
Teaching/Courses Taught: 
CHBE-21: Fluid Dynamics
CHBE-102: Chemical Reaction Engineering
CHBE-167: Metabolic and Cellular Engineering