Prof. Lee Receives Corresponding Membership Award from ASPB
Prof. Lee Receives Corresponding Membership Award from ASPB
  • Reporter Chung Yu-sun
  • 승인 2013.09.04 15:44
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Professor Youngsook Lee (LIFE) received the Corresponding Membership Award from the American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB). This honor is given to no more than three distinguished plant biologists outside of the United States.
Prof. Lee received this award for her contributions towards the understanding of the ABC transporters’ role in a wide range of plant processes. From the numerous types of plant ABC transporters, her lab has demonstrated how the transporters participate in a variety of processes including micronutrient transport, tolerance to toxic metals and metalloids, transport of abscisic acid, and lipid metabolism. One of the most significant discoveries was an arsenic-phytochelating transporter, which provides the potential to develop low-arsenic rice that could benefit millions of people in Southeast Asia suffering from the consummation of arsenic-contaminated rice. The discovery of abscisic acid transporter can also provide a new avenue for engineering plants resistant to drought.
In 2004, Prof. Lee was selected as the “Scientists I want to be like”, and in 2008, she received the L’Oreal-UNESCO Awards for Women in Science.

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