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  • Biomedical Engneering
  • Ph.D. 2008, Northwestern University
  • WEBPAGE : http://sticky.kaist.ac.kr
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  • Tel/Office : 042-350-2849 (Office), 2889 (Lab) / 609(E6-6) (Room)

Contact information

Tel: (office) +82-42-350-2849, (lab) +82-42-350-2889
Location: (office) Room 609 (Bldg. E6-6), (lab) Room 614, 615 (Bldg. E6-6)
Fax: +82-42-350-2810


Ph.D., Biomedical Engineering Northwestern University (2003-2008)
B.S.. Biological Sciences, KAIST (1993-1997)


2008-2009 Post Doc.. Chemical Engineering, MIT
2007-1998 Researcher, Department of Biological Sciences, KAIST
2000-2002 Researcher, Department of Biological Sciences, KAIST
2002-2003 Researcher, University of Chicago


2013 KAIST Award for Excellence in Collaboration
2012 KAIST Pioneer Award
2011 POSCO Chung-Am young scholar award
2010 2011 Excellence in Teaching Award (KAIST)
2008 Top 100 Science Stories, Discover Magazine
2007 Future Scientist Award
2007 NASA Inventor Award
2007 Graduate Student Award, Materials Research Society
2007 Richard W. Jones Best Poster Award


Brief Introduction

Professor Haeshin Lee studied at KAIST where he received his B.S. degree in Biological Sciences between in 1996. He received his Ph.D. degree at Biomedical Engineering Department, Northwestern University in 2007. He started his professional carrier from 2009 at Department of Chemistry, KAIST.

Haeshin Lee invented the first material-independent surface chemistry named polydopamine in 2007 Science, and this study has been cited more than 3,600 times as of Aug. 2017. Also, more than 2,000 times of annual citations of his bio-adhesive studies have shown that his research is widely recognized. He is the inaugural member of Korea Academy of Science Young Scholars which was established in 2016. He is a currently director of Center for Nature-inspired Technology (CNiT) at KAIST.

Some special recognitions and awards are the followings: LG sabbatical fellowship (2016), POSCO Chung-Am young scholar award (2011), KAIST Pioneer Award, (2012), NASA inventor award (2008), Top science stories Discover Magazine (2008), Future young scientist award from the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology (2007), Excellence in Teaching Award, KAIST (2010, 2011), and KAIST Award for Excellence in Collaboration (2013).

Research topics

- Generalized strategy for functionalization of any material surfaces inspired by mussel adhesion
- Adhesive anti-bacterial, anti-fungal compounds
- Nanoparticle synthesis
- Protein therapeutics
- Development of synthetic gecko adhesives
- Biointerphases

Representative publications

1. Mikyoung Shin, S.-G. Park, B.-C. Oh, K. Kim, S. Jo, M. S. Lee, S. S. Oh, S.-H. Hong, E.-C. Shin, K.-S. Kim, S.-W. Kang*, Haeshin Lee* Complete prevention of blood loss with self-sealing hemostatic needles Nature Materials 2017, 16, 147-152.
2. Seonki Hong, C. F. Schaber, K. Dening, E. Appel, Stanislav N. Gorb, Haeshin Lee Interfacial formation of free-standing, stimuli-responsive, self-healing catecholamine Janus-faced microfilm Adv. Mater. 2014 26, 7581 (Cover article).
3. Haeshin Lee Intelligent glue Nature, 2010, 465, 298-299
4. Haeshin Lee, Shara M. Dellatore, William M. Miller, P. B. Messersmith. Mussel-inspired Surface Chemistry for Multifunctional Coatings Science 2007, 318, 426-430
5. Haeshin Lee, et al. A reversible wet/dry adhesive inspired by mussel and gecko adhesion Nature 2007, 448, 338-341 (cover article)