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Lee, Sungjay

Professor

String Theory, Quantum Field Theory

Sungjay Lee is a theoretical physicist working mostly on Quantum Field Theory (QFT). This is a natural framework describing many different parts of physics, from particle physics, to condensed matter physics, and to statistical physics. To make fundamental theoretical advances in some of the most interesting problems in modern physics such as the strong nuclear force, strongly coupled systems of electrons, and quantum gravity, it is essential to understand QFT in the strongly coupled regime. Over the years, he has investigated new theoretical tools to understand the strong dynamics of supersymmetric field theory, conformal field theory, and string/M-theory.


  • 2002-2008: Ph.D., Seoul National University
  • 2008-2010: Research Fellow, Korea Institute for Advanced Study
  • 2010-2010: Assistant Professor, Korea Institute for Advanced Study
  • 2010-2012: Research Associate, University of Cambridge
  • 2012-2015: STFC Ernest Rutherford Fellow, University of Cambridge
  • 2013-2015: Enrico Fermi Fellow, The University of Chicago
  • 2015-Present: Professor, Korea Institute for Advanced Study
  • 2009: Haksool Research Prize, Korea Institute for Advanced Study, Korea
  • 2012: Ernest Rutherford Fellowship, Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK
  • 2012: Enrico Fermi Fellowship, The University of Chicago, USA
  • 2016: Junior Fellowship, Fondation Science Mathématique de Paris, France
  • 2016: Young Scientist Award (Presidential), Korean Academy of Science and Technology, Korea
  • 2017: Baekcheon Physics Prize, Korean Physical Society, Korea

Publications at KIAS

  • Office: 1326 / TEL) 82-2-958-3708 / FAX) 82-2-958-3870
  • School of Physics, Korea Institute for Advanced Study
  • 85 Hoegiro Dongdaemun-gu, Seoul 02455, Republic of Korea.