Receives 2021 Academic Grand Prize from the Korean Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology
Professor Lee Jeong-kug of the Department of
Receives 2021 Academic Grand Prize from the Korean Society for Microbiology and
Professor Lee Jeong-kug of the
Department of Life Sciences received the 2021 Academic Grand Prize from the
Korean Society for Microbiology and Biotechnology.
The Academic Grand Prize is
given out to those who have devoted their lives to the Korean Society for
Microbiology and Biotechnology and boast outstanding research achievements in
the field of microbiology and biotechnology. This award is based on lifetime
achievements, and the best candidates are selected by applying the qualitative
and quantitative criteria of papers published in domestic and foreign journals,
including academic journals.
Professor Lee Jeong-kug has not
only made great contributions to the development of Korea’s microbiology and
biotechnology fields by creating international leading research results but
also served in diverse positions for the Korean Society for Microbiology and
Biotechnology over the years, acting as the president, senior vice president, director,
chairperson for various committees, secretary president, editor-in-chief, and administrative
secretary. Since 1976, when he entered the Department of Microbiology in the College
of Natural Sciences at Seoul National University, Professor Lee has been
building outstanding achievements in the field of microbiology (80 journal
papers, 19 patent registrations, three technology transfers, and two books).
In particular, he has focused his
efforts on deriving a source technology that stably converts light energy into
chemical energy for a long period of time using chromatophore vesicles
manufactured from photosynthetic microorganisms in order to prepare a
fundamental technology for future alternative energy conversion. Furthermore, Professor
Lee has achieved research results that bore fruit for a number of excellent
papers and patents, eventually leading to a technology transfer contract.
In addition, Professor Lee has
always remained active in academics since the 1980s, with such efforts carried
out under the name of ‘The Korean Society for Applied Microbiology.’ In 2019,
he successfully held regular academic conferences and international symposiums
as the president of the society. In the same year, he was invited to the U.S. by
the Society for Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology (SIMB) and gave a
special lecture, contributing to continued exchanges by excellent researchers.