Lee H Lee
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- BS:National Taiwan University (Taiwan)
- MS:Hunter College
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Professor, Biology and Molecular Biology
Part-Time Employee, College of Humanities and Social Sciences
Part-Time Employee, The Center for Career Services and Cooperative Education
I have been awarded the University Distinguished Teacher Award and Excellence In Education Award. I am a Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Fellow as well as Judy and Josh Weston and Family Mentor Faculty Fellow. I have served as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) R01 Reviewer. I have published 37 peer-reviewed articles and more than 200 abstracts in National and Regional conferences. All my research projects involve graduate and undergraduate students. Many of them have co-authored the papers and abstracts with me.
- Monday 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
- Wednesday 11:15 am - 12:30 pm
Using Microorganisms as Environmental Indicators to Study Heavy Metal Contamination
Studies on the effect of many heavy metals on the growth of Anacystis nidulans and Chlamydomonas have carried out. Many heavy metals such as Mercury, Cadmium, Cobalt, Copper, Lead and Aluminum etc. have been used in this study. The chelating agent EDTA was also monitored to study its effect on the toxicity of these heavy metals to A. nidulans and Chlamydomonas cells. Light microscopy and Scanning Electron Microscopy studies have shown changes in the morphology. Fluorometer study is also used as a mean of determining photosynthetic efficiency under stressed conditions.
Molecular Cloning and Sequence Analysis of Cyanophage AS-1
Anacystis nidulans is a freshwater unicellular cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) that frequently causes algal blooms. These blooms pose a threat to aquatic ecosystems, causing oxygen depletion and eutrophication in freshwater lakes. No satisfactory means for their prediction or prevention is currently available. It has been suggested that cyanophage (cyanobacteria virus) is a regulatory agent and may be responsible for the disappearance of algal blooms. Cyanophage AS-1 infects Anacystis nidulans and Synechoccus cedrorum (another unicellular cyanobacteria). The effects of Clorox and Parvosol on AS-1 were studied and the results suggested that AS-1 is very resistant to both disinfectants. This establishes the possibility of using this virus as an environmental probe. A clone library of AS-1 DNA has been created and many inserts have been characterized and sequenced. These sequences were sent to GenBank to check for homology. We intend to work on all the inserts and sequence them. Specific probes have be designed and used for the identification of AS-1.
A Study on Cyanophage AS-1 Capsid Proteins
Cyanophage AS-1 is a virus which infects the unicellular cyanobacteria Anacystis nidulans and Synechococcus cedrorum. Recent interest in the virus centers on its role as a possible control agent for dense algal blooms in polluted lakes. The viral capsid is similar to the T-even class bacteriophage in that it is approximately 100 nM in diameter with a long filamentous tail. While the overall structure of the capsid has been determined by electron microscopy, the size and number of the protein components which compose the capsid are unknown. We have carried out a project to isolate and purify AS-1 viral proteins using a modified PEG precipitation protocol followed by chloroform extraction. The resulting proteins will then separated by electrophoresis through a 10% SDS-polyacrylamide gel. The size of the capsid proteins can be determined by comparison with known protein molecular weight standards. Capsid proteins of bacteriophage T-4 will also be isolated and purified using the same technique, and comparative homology of these proteins to AS-1 will be studied. Some preliminary study have been done and suggested that proteins ranging in size from 96 to 14 kilo Daltons. This result agrees with previous results obtained for T-even bacteriophage.
Isolation of Novel Bacteria Associated with Marine Algae and Screening for Possible Antibiotics/ Antiviral Substances
Increasing resistance to antibiotics by bacteria has become a major problem for the health and pharmaceutical industry. Since seaweed have shown effectiveness as a source of antibacterial and antiviral substances, we have begun to explore the novel bacteria which inhabit the surface of these plants (epiphytic). We hope to isolate and purify new antimicrobial substances produced by novel marine bacteria. The process of screening the isolated bacterial colonies for the production of active substances is very time consuming, labor intensive and can be best be done with student participation. For the past year, we have begun this process and the results are beginning to be seen in terms of identifying the bacterial cultures which show promise.