Hung Lee, University of Guelph                      

    • PhD, McGill; BSc (Honors), British Columbia
    • E-mail:
    • Telephone519-824-4120 x53828
    • Mailing AddressUniversity of Guelph, School of Environmental Sciences, Room 3218, Bovey Building, Guelph, Ontario CANADA N1G 2W1
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Research interests

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

Selected recent

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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.  (

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.  (

Somtrakoon, K., W. Chouychai & H. Lee (2015) Removal of anthracene and fluoranthene by waxy corn, long bean and okra in lead-contaminated soil.  Bulletin of Environmental Contamination & Toxicology.  95, 407-413. (

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.  2015, 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.  (


Undergraduate course

    ENVM*1020 Introduction to Environmental Microbiology (Winter semester).  

Graduate course

    ENVS*6900 Research Seminar in Environmental Sciences (Fall and Winter semesters)