Hung Lee

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University Professor Emeritus


  • BSc honors (Biochemistry), University of British Columbia
  • PhD (Biochemistry), McGill University




  • Biology of pentose-fermenting yeasts; lignocellulosic biomass conversion.
  • Microbial transformation and degradation of environmental pollutants.
  • Monitoring and detection of microorganisms in the environment.



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Selected Recent Papers

  • Brar, K.K., D. Agrawal, B.S. Chadha & H. Lee (2019) Evaluating novel fungal secretomes for efficient saccharification and fermentation of composite sugars derived from hydrolysate and molasses into ethanol.  Bioresource Technology.  273, 114-121.  (
  • Chouychai, W., T. Swangying, K. Somtrakoon & H. Lee (2018) Growth and phytoremediation efficiency of winged  bean in fluorene-and pyrene-contaminated soil.  Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicity.  101, 631-636. (
  • Mei, G.Y., P.K. Bajwa, M. Dashtban, C.Y. Ho & H. Lee (2018) Transfer of plasmid into the pentose-fermenting yeast Pachysolen tannophilus.  Journal of Microbiological Methods. 148, 97-103. (
  • Somtrakoon, K., W. Chouychai & H. Lee (2018) Potential of butterfly pea (Clitoria ternatea) and yam bean (Pachyrhizus erosus) plants for phytoremediation of anthracene- and pyrene-contaminated soil.  Songklanakarin Journal of Science and Technology.  40, 725-731.  (
  • Kvas, S., J. Rahn, K. Engel, J.D. Neufeld, P.J. Villeneuve, J.T. Trevors, H. Lee, R.P. Scroggins & L.A. Beaudette (2017) Development of a microbial test suite and data integration method for assessing microbial health of contaminated soil.  Journal of Microbiological Methods. 143, 66-77.  (
  • McLellan, N.L., H. Lee & M.B. Habash (2016) Evaluation of propidium monoazide and long-amplicon qPCR as an infectivity assay for coliphage.  Journal of Virological Methods.  238, 48-55.  (
  • Chouychai, W., T. Paemsom, C. Pobsuwan, K. Somtrakoon & H. Lee (2016) Effect of indole-3-acetic acid-producing bacteria on phytoremediation of soil contaminated with phenanthrene and anthracene by mungbean.  EnvironmentAsia 9, 128-133.  (
  • Wen, X., S. Sidhu, S.K.C. Horemans, N. Sooksawat, N.K. Harner, P.K. Bajwa, Z. Yuan & H. Lee (2016) Exceptional hexose-fermenting ability of the xylitol-producing yeast Candida guilliermondii FTI 20037.  Journal of Bioscience and Bioengineering. 121, 631-637.  (
  • Bajwa, P.K., S. Harrington, M. Dashtban & H. Lee (2016) Expression and characterization of glycosyl hydrolase family 115 α-glucuronidase from Scheffersomyces stipitis.  Industrial Biotechnology. 12, 98-104.  (
  • Lee, D.Y., K.T. Leung, H. Lee & M.B. Habash (2016) Simultaneous detection of selected enteric viruses in water samples by multiplex quantitative PCR.  Water, Air and Soil Pollution.  227:107. (
  • Harner, N.K., P.K. Bajwa, P.A. Formusa, G.D. Austin, M.B. Habash, J.T. Trevors, C.K. Chan, C.Y. Ho & H. Lee  (2015) Determinants of tolerance to inhibitors in hardwood spent sulfite liquor in genome shuffled Pachysolen tannophilus strains. Antonie van Leeuwenhoek Journal of Microbiology. 108, 811-834.  (
  • Chouychai, W., M. Kruatrachue & H. Lee (2015) Effect of plant growth regulators on phytoremediation of hexachlorocyclohexane-contaminated soil.  International Journal of Phytoremediation. 17, 1053-1059.  (
  • Dashtban, M., X. Wen, P.K. Bajwa, C.Y. Ho & H. Lee (2015) Deletion of hxk1 gene results in derepression of xylose utilization in Scheffersomyces stipitis.  Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. 42, 889-896.  (
  • Pinel, D., D. Colatriano, H. Jiang, H. Lee & V.J.J. Martin (2015) Deconstructing the genetic basis of spent sulfite liquor tolerance using deep sequencing of genome shuffled yeast.  Biotechnology for Biofuels. 8:53 (
  • Harner, N.K., X. Wen, P.K. Bajwa, G.D. Austin, C.Y. Ho, M.B. Habash, J.T. Trevors & H. Lee (2015)  Genetic improvement of native xylose-fermenting yeasts for ethanol production.  Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. 42, 1-20. (


Research Area


biodegradation; biomass conversion; environmental microbiology; pathogen detection; pentose-fermenting yeasts


Area of Research

Plant and Environmental Health