Seung-Wuk Lee

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Professor, Bioengineering
Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

B108A Stanley Hall

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Research Interests

We are interested in bio-inspired nanomaterials and nanotechnology. We are developing new ways to fabricate high performance materials and devices through self-assembly processes by exploiting biological organisms such as viruses and cells. We are also designing synthetic viruses which can be exploited as regenerative tissue engineering materials and drug delivery vehicles.


  • 2003 Ph. D., The University of Texas at Austin, Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • 1998 M. S.,Korea University, Seoul, Korea, Chemistry
  • 1995 B. S. Korea University Seoul, Korea, Chemistry

Major Awards

  • 2013 Samsung GRO Award
  • 2013 R&D 100 Award
  • 2014 One of 12 Highlights for 2014 President Obama’s Report to the US Congress for the NSF
  • 2012 One of the 17 breakthrough of the 2012 Scientific Discovery (iO9 Committee)
  • 2010 Berkeley Faculty Research Fund Award, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2009 Presidential Chair Fellows, University of California, Berkeley
  • 2008-2013 National Science Foundation CAREER Award
  • 2008 Hellman Foundation Faculty Award
  • 2007 First place in MRS 2007 Spring Meeting Top 5 Hot Talk/Cool Papers among 3300 papers
  • 2005 Annual Nanotech Briefs’ Nano50 award; Innovator Categories

Professional Experience

  • 2011-present   Associate Professor, Department of Bioengineering, UC Berkeley
  • 2006-2011       Assistant Professor, Department of Bioengineering, UC Berkeley
  • 2006-present   Faculty Scientist, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • 2004-2005       Postdoctoral Fellow, The Molecular Foundry, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
  • 2009-present Associate Director, Center of Integrated Nanomechanical System, UC Berkeley