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Lee, Jeehiun Katherine
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Lee, Jeehiun Katherine

Phone: 732-445-6562

Ph.D., Harvard University, 1994

Professional Summary/CV [.PDF]

Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, School of Arts and Sciences, New Brunswick; Rutgers
Areas of Interest
Experimental and theoretical studies of biological and organic reactivity
Teaching Areas
Chemistry and organic chemistry
Memberships and Professional Service
Member of the selection committee for the Bernstein Undergraduate Research Fellowship, 1999-present; member of the Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences Institute; member of the Molecular Biophysics Graduate Program; member of the Molecular Biosciences Graduate Program
Grants, Honors, and Awards
American Chemical Society PROGRESS/Dreyfus Lectureship Award; Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation Special Grant Program in the Chemical Sciences; NSF CAREER Award; Alfred P. Sloan Fellow; Faculty of Arts and Sciences Award for Distinguished Contributions to Undergraduate Education
Academic Interests and Plans
The research conducted in our laboratory focuses on biological and physical organic chemistry. In the biological chemistry area, the reactivity of nucleobases and nucleotides, including enzymes for which nucleic acids are substrates, is explored using methods such as mass spectrometry (MS) and computer modeling. Goals of this research include the improved understanding of DNA reactivity and enzyme catalysis toward the ultimate end of improved drug design. In the physical organic area, synthesis, MS, and theoretical methods are used to explore pericyclic rearrangements. Goals include identifying the root of acceleration in various reactions, toward the end of increasing the synthetic utility of these rearrangements.