Dr. Sengyong Lee is a professor and the chairperson for the Biotechnology program at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington. He received his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Miami University and worked with Dr. Jose Bonner at Indiana University for his postdoctoral fellowship. Dr. Lee has developed and taught many courses and certificate programs in Medical Device/Biotechnology at Ivy Tech, the largest state funded educational institution in Indiana. In 2004 Ivy Tech implemented its two year associate’s degree program in Biotechnology based on the collaboration with its life science industry partners like Eli Lilly, Baxter, and Cook. Today, many Ivy Tech’s graduates from its biotechnology program are working as R&D/PD/QC/QA technicians or pharmaceutical manufacturing operators at the major life science companies in the state. Currently, there are more than 350 Biotechnology students working towards their associate’s degree at Bloomington, Indianapolis, Lafayette, South Bend, and Terre Haute campuses of Ivy Tech Community College. Including Northeast Biomanufacturing Center and Collaborative project, Dr. Lee’s has been involved in several educational projects are funded by the grants from National Science Foundation and the US Department of Labor.
- Current title: Professor and Chair
Biotechnology & Biology Program
Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington
- Employment at Ivy:
August 2010 - Present Professor and Chair, Biotechnology Program
August 2006 - July 2010 Associate Professor and Chair, Biotechnology Program
June 2004 – July 2006 Assistant Professor and Chair, Biotechnology Program
- Educational history:
1998 – 2004 Postdoctoral Research Fellow with Dr. J. Jose Bonner at Indiana University, Bloomington, IN
1998 Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Miami University, Oxford, OH
1993 M.S. in Biology, Ball State University, Muncie, IN 47306
1990 B.S. in Biology, Yon Sei University, Seoul, Korea
- Honors and Awards:
- A $15 million Grant Award (#TC-23761-12-60-A-37) from the US Department of Labor’s TAACCCT Round II to Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials (C3BC), a 12 community college consortium, 2012 – 2015, I am the project director for Ivy Tech Community College ($1.03 million sub-award) and the director of the Medical device Hub.
- A Regional Center of Excellence Grant Award from National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program to Northeast Biomanufacturing Center & Collaborative (NBC2) Phase III, 2012 – 2015, I am one of the co-Principal Investigators in the grant representing Ivy Tech Community College ($114,493) and the Midwest Regional Hub.
- A $549,798 Project Grant Award (DUE-#0703033) from National Science Foundation’s Advanced Technological Education Program, “Life Sciences Technical Training in Southern Indiana”, 2007 – 2011, I was the Principal Investigator with my co-PI, Dr. James J. Bonner, at Indiana University. This grant project was successfully completed.
- My NSF ATE grant project (#0703033), “Life Sciences Technical Training in Southern Indiana” was selected as one of four National Science Foundation’s Highlight Projects in 2011 by the National Science Foundation's Directorate of Education and Human Resources (EHR). Only a few of the many projects funded by the Division of Research on Learning (DRL) at NSF are highlighted each year for their exemplary work. In 2011 EHR designated only 4 of the 33 projects submitted by DRL for review as NSF Highlights. My project was selected as one the four highlight projects. Highlight ID: 21787, Version: Directorate
- I was selected as one of the top influential players in the Life Sciences by Indianapolis Business Journal’s who’s who in the State of Indiana in 2011, ttp://www.ibj.com/whos-who-in-life-sciences/PARAMS/article/27556
- I received two Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington Chancellor’s Red Apple Awards for Outstanding Faculty Member in 2007 and 2005
- Presented at the 10th Annual Community College Program Day at BIO 2013 in Chicago, IL, April 22, as a panel member for Leveraging Federal Funding to build stronger bioscience programs Panel “The TAA Community College Consortium for Bioscience Credentials”
- Presented at the 8th Annual NBC2 BIOMAN 2013 Conference in Blue Bell, PA, July 15-18, as a panel member for Education – Active Learning, Regulation, and Certification
- Organized and hosted the first National Medical Device Skill Set Harmonization Conference at Ivy Tech Community College – Bloomington, March 26th &27th, 2013,This conference was funded by the DOL TAACCCT’s C3BC grant
- Presented at the AAAS Community College Forum in Washington DC, February 17, 2011 “Bio/Medical Device Manufacturing Training Program at ITCC Bloomington”
- Organized and hosted the 2nd Biosciences Educators Alliances for the Midwest (BEAM) Meeting at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington August, 2010
- Organized and hosted 2010 Biomanufacturing Conference at Ivy Tech Community College - Bloomington July, 2010
- Presented at the 16th National ATE Principal Investors Conference in Washington DC October 2009, “Process Development Project Using DEAE Ion Exchange Chromatography”
- Organized and hosted the 1st Biosciences Alliances for the Midwest Meeting at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington September, 2009
- Served as the panel presider at the 6th Annual Community College Program Day at BIO 2009 in Atlanta, GA, Meeting Biotechnology Workforce Development Needs Through Innovative Certificate Programs at Community College panel
- Presented at the 15th National ATE Principal Investigators Conference, Washington DC 2008, “Comprehensive Biotechnology Education at Ivy Tech Community College Bloomington Indiana
- Presented at the 5th Annual Community College Program Day at BIO 2007 in Boston, MA, as a panel on Innovative Model for Teaching Students the Business of Biotechnology
- Impact Magazine’s special edition for Community College Consortium for Bioscience
Credentials, December 2013
- Lee, S., Carlson, T., Christian N., Lea K., Reilly J.P., and Bonner, 2000, J.J. Yeast HSF changes
conformation in response to superoxide and temperature. Mol. Biol. Cell 11(5):1753-1764.
- Lee, S., Owen H.A., Prochaska, D.J., and Barnum S.R. 2000, HSP16.6 is involved in the
development of thermotolerance and thylakoid membrane stability of the unicellular
cyanobacterium, Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803. Curr. Microbiol. 40(4):283-287.
- Lee, S., Prochaska D.J., Fang F., and Barnum, S.R. 1998, A 16.6 kilodalton protein in the
cyanobacterium, Synechocystis sp. PCC 6803, plays a role in the heat shock response.
Curr. Microbiol. 37(6): 403-407.