Berkeley Bioengineering Assistant Professor Seung-Wuk Lee has received a 2008 National Science Foundation Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Program award. CAREER awards are given to young researchers in science and engineering who have also translated their work into significant education activities.
This Career award by the Biomaterials program in the Division of Materials Research is to develop a comprehensive understanding of the interactions between well-defined hydroxyapatite (HAP) crystals and their recognition peptides and how this mineralization is regulated. A molecular level understanding of how proteins regulate the biomineralization process is critical for understanding ossification, osteoporosis, and many other bone- and tooth-related diseases. In addition, the proposed studies may be useful for developing protein-based bone prosthetic regeneration materials and novel therapeutics for bone related diseases such as osteoporosis and osteogenesis imperfecta.
The CAREER award is a very prestigious recognition for promising young researchers.