Dr. Jeong Sang (David) Yi, Ph.D.

Jeong Sang (David) was born in Seoul, South Korea, but grew up in Boston, Massachusetts. In 2005 he acquired BS degree in Biology and Organic Chemistry at University of Massachusetts, Amherst. David moved back to home Korea to fulfill his military duties. There he also pursued his PhD degree in Chemical and Biological Engineering under the supervision of Prof. Byung-Gee Kim at Seoul National University. His PhD research was focused on metabolic engineering of branched chain amino acid metabolism for production of various secondary metabolites in Streptomyces bacteria. David joined the Moore Lab in October 2018 to explore and study biosynthesis of natural products in marine and cave origin Streptomyces species.

7. Yi, J. S., Kim, M., Kim, E. J., & Kim, B. G. (2018). Production of pikromycin using branched chain amino acid catabolism in Streptomyces venezuelae ATCC 15439. Journal of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology. doi:https://doi.org/10.1007/s10295-018-2024-6.

6. Yi, J. S., Kim, M. W., Kim, M., Jeong, Y., Kim, E. J., Cho, B. K., & Kim, B. G. (2017). A Novel Approach for Gene Expression Optimization through Native Promoter and 5’ UTR Combinations Based on RNA-seq, Bibo-seq, and TSS-seq of Streptomyces coelicolor. ACS Synthetic Biology, 6, 555-565.

5. Dhakal, D., Chaudhary, A. K., Yi, J. S., Pokhrel, A. R., Shrestha, B., Parajuli, P., Shrestha, A., Yamaguchi, T., Jung, H. J., Kim, S. Y., Kim, B. G., & Sohng, J. K. (2016). Enhanced production of nargenicin A1 and creation of a novel derivative using a synthetic biology platform. Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology, 100, 9917-9931.

4. Kim, M., Yi, J. S., Lakshmanan, M., Lee, D. Y., & Kim, B. G. (2016). Transcriptomics-Based Strain Optimization Tool for Designing Secondary Metabolite Overproducing Strains of Streptomyces coelicolor. Biotechnology and Bioengineering, 113, 651-660.

3. Yi, J. S., Kim, M., Kim, S. J., & Kim, B. G. (2015). Effects of Sucrose, Phosphate, and Calcium Carbonate on the Production of Pikromycin from Streptomyces venezuelae. Journal of Microbiology and Biotechnology, 25, 496-502.

2. Kim, M., Yi, J. S., Kim, J., Kim, J. N., Kim, M. W., & Kim, B. G. (2014). Reconstruction of a high-quality metabolic model enables the identification of gene overexpression targets for enhanced antibiotic production in Streptomyces coelicolor A3(2). Biotechnology Journal, 9, 1185-1194.

1. Kim, J. N., Yi, J. S., Lee, B. R., Kim, E. J., Kim, M. W., Song, Y., Cho, B. K., & Kim, B. G. (2012). A versatile PCR-based tandem epitope tagging system for Streptomyces coelicolor genome. Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications, 424, 22-27.

Selected Awards:
2012 ~ 2018 – Scholarship by the Brain Korea (BK) 21 Plus program from Ministry of Education, Korea

2012 – Scholarship for outstanding academic excellence by Seoul National University

2007 ~ 2009 – Scholarship by Howard-Hughes Medical Institute for academic research internship