Kiho Lee has been named an assistant professor in the Department of Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech.

Lee is one of 19 new faculty members that were recently hired in university's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. New positions in the college were identified to bring new talent to its focus areas, including food and health, infectious disease, biodesign and processing, and agricultural profitability and environmental sustainability. The new faculty members are distributed across teaching, research, and Extension.

He received his bachelor's degree from Seoul National University's Department of Animal Science and Technology, and a master's degree and doctoral degree from Purdue University in animal science focusing on reproductive physiology. 

Lee’s research focuses on early embryonic development in pigs. Major research topics in his laboratory include identifying the mechanism of epigenetic reprogramming by oocytes after fertilization, developing an efficient approach to produce genetically engineered pig models for agriculture and biomedical research, and developing new methods of generating in vitro-derived embryos with higher developmental competency.

Previously he served as a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Missouri, Columbia, in the Division of Animal Science.

Lee has also been a reviewer of scientific journals including Molecular Reproduction and Development, Therogeneology, and Reproduction in Domestic Animals, published numerous papers on porcine reproduction, as well as taught courses in reproductive technology at Purdue University.



Written by Amy Loeffler.
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