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Sangwon Lee
Post-Doctoral Fellow

office phone: 604-827-4216

Research interests:
Ecological function of forest microorganisms at community and species level, speciation and evolution of forest fungi and bacteria, application of bioinformatic tools to study microbial community.

Current Project:
Metagenomic analysis of microbial communities in the forest soils of British Columbia
    Terrestrial microorganisms play essential roles in global energy recycling. It is estimated that one gram of soil may contain several thousand to a million genomic species. However, less than 1% of these organisms are culturable and consequently a huge number of soil microorganisms remain to be discovered. In British Columbia, two-thirds of the land is forested. Healthy and intact microbial communities are the key factor in ensuring soil fertility. My research sites are located at Williams Lake and Smithers in BC forests. Using a metagenomics, phylogenomics and physico-chemical analyses of soil, I am investigating the structure of microbial communities (archaea, bacteria, and fungi) and their key metabolic processes within the terrestrial depth continuum. Especially, the genes involved in the biogeochemical cycling of carbon and nitrogen will be a key focus.
    The established datasets in this study will be used to construct a prototype microarray that can serve as a tool for monitoring the structure of microbial communities in various habitats undergoing human disturbances and global climate changes. The data can also help governments develop sustainable soil management practices. The constructed fosmid library, which will contain a huge number of environmental genomes, will be an asset for functional screening and may lead to the rapid discovery of genes with great biotechnological value, such as those expressing antibiotics, proteases and lipases.

2000-2006 PhD in the Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, Canada
1991-1993 MSc in Biology, Sung Kyun Kwan University, Republic of Korea
1987-1991 BSc in Biology, Sung Kyun Kwan University, Republic of Korea


Lee, S., R. Hamelin, D. Six and C. Breuil. 2007. Genetic diversity and the presence of two distinct groups in Ophiostoma clavigerum associated with Dendroctonus ponderosae in British Columbia and the northern Rocky Mountains. Phytopathology. 97 (9): 1177-1185. (Ph.D. work).

Lee, S., J.J. Kim and C. Breuil. 2006. The pathogenicity of Leptographium longiclavatum associated with Dendroctonus ponderosae to Pinus contorta. Can. J. For. Res. 36 (11): 2864- 2872. (Ph.D. work).

Lee, S., J.J. Kim and C. Breuil. 2006. Fungal diversity associated with the mountain pine beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae and infested lodgepole pines in British Columbia. Fungal Diversity. 22: 91-105. (Ph.D. work).

Lee, S., J.J. Kim and C. Breuil. 2005. Leptographium longiclavatum sp. nov., a new species associated with the mountain pine beetle, Dendroctonus ponderosae. Mycol. Res. 109 (10): 1162-1170. (Ph.D. work).

Lim, Y.W., S. Alamouti, J.J. Kim, S. Lee and C. Breuil. 2004. Multigene phylogenies of Ophiostoma clavigerum and closely related species from bark beetle-attacked Pinus in North America. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 237: 89-96. (Ph.D. work).

Lee, S., J.J. Kim, S. Fung and C. Breuil. 2003. A PCR-RFLP marker distinguishing Ophiostoma clavigerum from morphologically similar Leptographium species associated with bark beetles. Can. J. Bot. 81(11): 1104-1112. (Ph.D. work).

Kim, J.J., S.H. Kim, S. Lee and C. Breuil. 2003. Distinguishing Ophiostoma ips and Ophiostoma montium, two bark beetle-associated sapstain fungi. FEMS Microbiol. Lett. 222: 187-192. (Ph.D. work).

Schroeder, S., S.H. Kim, S. Lee, K. Sterflinger and C. Breuil. 2002. The beta tubulin gene is a useful target for PCR-based detection of an albino Ophiostoma piliferum used in biological control of sapstain. Eur. J. Plan. Pathol. 108: 793-801.

Lee, S., S.H. Kim and C. Breuil. 2002. The use of the green fluorescent protein as a biomarker for sapstain fungi. For. Path. 32: 153-161.

Lee, S., F. Vallverdu, S. Alamouti, J.J. Kim, A. Uzunovic and C. Breuil. 2004. Database of sapstain fungi affecting lumber, logs and trees. The proceedings of the 35th annual International Research Group on Wood Protection (IRG) meeting. 04-10534. (Ph.D. work).

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