Name: LEE, Chiu Hong Donald
Position: Associate Professor and Programme Director, Environmental Science
Email: chiuhonglee@uic.edu.hk
Office:
T8-608-R1

Academic & Professional Qualifications
  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow (Harvard University and Boston University)
  • Ph.D. Biochemistry (Brigham Young University)
  • B.S. Chemistry (Brigham Young University)
Research Areas
  • Environmental Analysis and Monitoring: My interests focus on the analysis and monitoring of pollutants in the Pearl River Delta region and evaluating their impacts on the environment and human health.
  • Environmental Technology: My interests focus on developing methods and technology to reduce the impacts of pollutants on the environment and human health.
  • Environmental Biochemistry and Biophysics: My interests focus on understanding the impacts of DNA binding and linking agents including environmental carcinogens and heavy metal ions on the structure of DNA and the mechanism of lesion-bypass DNA polymerases for translesion synthesis of carcinogen-DNA adducts.
Research Publications and Presentations
  1. Su, L., J. Chen, H.D. Ruan, D.J. Ballantine, C. Lee (2019) Metal Uptake by Plants from Soil Contaminated by Thin-Film Solar Panel Material. Journal of Environmental Protection 10, 221-240
  2. Ruan, H.D., C.H. Lee, D. J. Ballantine (2016) The Application of Environmental GIS. 4th 2016 International Conference on Geo-Informatics in Resource Management & Sustainable Ecosystem, Hong Kong, 23-25 Dec. 2016
  3. Jiang, S. Y. N., L. C. Su, H. D. Ruan, G. F. Zhang, S. Y. Lai, C. H. Lee, C. F. Yu, Z. Wu, X. Chen, S. He (2014) Adsorption of phosphorus by modified clay mineral waste material relating to removal of it from aquatic system. International Journal of Environmental Monitoring and Analysis 2, 36-44.
  4. Li, Y.Q., Jiang, S.Y.N., Su, L.C., Ruan, H.D., Lee, C.H. and Yu, C.F. (2013) Adsorption of Acesulfame Potassium in Water by Activated Organic Carbon Derived from Organic Waste Materials. Proceedings of the Hong Kong International Conference on Engineering and Applied Science Hong Kong -- Environmental Science HKICEAS-788, pp171-178.
  5. Jiang, Y.N., Ruan, H.D., Zhang, G.F., Lai, S.Y., Lee, C.H., Yu, C.F., Wu, Z., Chen, X., He, S. (2013) Recycling of Solid Waste Material: II. Phosphate Adsorption by Modified Clay Mineral Waste Material Relating to Remediation of Eutrophication in Aquatic Systems. 2013 International Symposium on Engineering and Natural Science (ISEANS140), pp42-55, August 29-31, Macau.
  6. Jiang, Y.N., Ruan, H.D., Lai, S.Y., Lee, C.H., Yu, C.F., Wu, Z., Chen, X., He, S. (2013) Recycling of solid waste material in Hong Kong: I. Properties of modified clay mineral waste material and its application for removal of cadmium in water. Earth Sci. 2(2), 40-46.
  7. Jiang, Y.N., Ruan, H.D., Lai, S.Y., Yu, C.F., Lee, C.H., Wu Z., Chen, X. and He, S. (2011) Effects of ionic strength and pH on phosphate adsorption by modified clay mineral waste material. International conference on Solid Waste 2011, Moving towards Sustainable Resource Management. Hong Kong SAR, China, 3-7 May 2011.
  8. Jiang, Y.N., Lin, Z.Q., Ruan, H.D., Lai, S.Y., Yu, C.F., Lee, C.H. and Wu Z. (2011) Application of a modified clay mineral waste material for the removal of cadmium (II) in water. International conference on Solid Waste 2011, Moving towards Sustainable Resource Management. Hong Kong SAR, China, 3-7 May 2011.
  9. Zhi Junning, Yu Chunfai, Wu Zhihui, Lee Chiuhong, Ruan Huada (2010) A Study of Using Indoor Potted Plants to Purify Formaldehyde Released from Newly Laid Wooden Floor, Chinese Agricultural Science Bulletin, 26(2), 196-198.
  10. Danilowicz, C., Lee, C.H., Hatch, K., Coljee, V.W., Kleckner, N., Prentiss, M. (2009) Study Of Sequence Dependent Homolog Pairing With A Single Molecule Assay, Biophysical Journal, 96(3), Supplement 1, 345a-346a.
  11. Danilowicz, C., Lee, C.H., Kim, K., Hatch, K., Coljee, V.W., Kleckner, N., Prentiss, M. (2009) Single molecule detection of direct, homologous, DNA/DNA pairing, Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A., 106(47), 19824-9.
  12. Seo, K.Y., Yin, J, Danthamsetti, P., Chandani, S., Lee, C.H., Loechler, E.L. (2009) Amino acid architecture that influences dNTP insertion efficiency in Y-family DNA polymerase V of E. coli. J Mol Biol. 392(2), 270-82.
  13. Danilowicz, C., Lee, C. H., Coljee, V. W., Prentiss, M. (2007) Effects of temperature on the mechanical properties of single stranded DNA. Phys Rev E Stat Nonlin Soft Matter Phys. 75(3 Pt 1), 030902.
  14. Lee, C.H., Danilowicz, C., Coljee, V.W. and Prentiss, M. (2006) Response to the two comments on the paper "Comparison of the measured phase diagrams in the force temperature plane for the unzipping of two different natural DNA sequences.”  Focus point issue on structure and dynamics of DNA, European Physical Journal E Soft Matter, 19, 351-2.
  15. Lee, C.H., Danilowicz, C., Coljee, V.W. and Prentiss, M. (2006) Comparison of the measured phase diagrams in the force temperature plane for the unzipping of two different natural DNA sequences.  Focus point issue on structure and dynamics of DNA, European Physical Journal E Soft Matter, 19, 339-44. The results were presented at the meetings of Biophysical Society in Salt Lake City, Utah, February 2006.
  16. Lee, C.H., Danilowicz, C., Conroy, R.S., Coljee, V.W. and Prentiss, M. (2006) Impacts of magnesium ions on unzipping l-phage DNA.  Special issue on biopolymers, Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter 18, S205 – S213. The results were presented at the meetings of Biophysical Society in Long Beach California in February 2005 and at the Designing Biology Conference held by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University in May 2005.
  17. Lee, C.H., Chandani, S. and Loechler, E.L. (2005) Homology modeling of four lesion-bypass DNA polymerases: structure and lesion bypass findings suggest that E. coli pol IV and human Pol k are orthologs, and E. coli pol V and human Pol h are orthologs. J. Mol. Graph. Model. 25, 87-102.
  18. Chandani, S., Lee, C.H. and Loechler, E.L. (2005) Free energy perturbation methods to study structure and energetics of DNA adducts: Results for the major N2-dG adduct of benzo[a]pyrene in two conformations and different sequence contexts. Chem. Res. Toxicol. 18, 1108-23.
  19. Lee, C.H. and Loechler, E.L. (2003) Molecular modeling of the major benzo[a]pyrene N2-dG adduct in cases where mutagenesis results are known in double stranded DNA. Mutation Res. 529, 59 - 76.
  20. Lee, C.H., Chandani, S. and Loechler, E.L. (2002) Molecular modeling of four stereoisomers of the major B[a]PDE adduct (at N2-dG) in five cases where the structure is known from NMR studies: Molecular modeling is consistent with NMR results. Chemical Research in Toxicology. 15, 1429-1444.
Courses Taught at UIC
  • Principles of Chemistry
  • Principles of Biochemistry and Physiology
  • Chemical Analysis
  • General Biology and Chemistry Laboratory
  • Introduction to Biotechnology
  • Environmental Chemistry and Pollution Control
  • Environmental Analysis and Monitoring
  • Environmental Study Laboratory
  • Environmental Nanotechnology
  • Advanced Biochemistry and Laboratory
  • Final Year Projects