Associate Professor | QIMR Berghofer International Research Fellow | Team Head+61 7 3845 3951
Dr Lee is a cancer epigeneticist, leading the Epigenetics and Disease Group at QIMR Berghofer. He is also an Adjunct Associate Professor at University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology.
Dr Lee completed his BSc (Molecular Pathology) at UNSW and his doctoral studies at University of Sydney studying the in vivo role of growth factors in breast cancer. Postdoctoral training at Dana Farber Cancer Institute/Harvard Medical School, Boston, allowed him to study the transcriptional role of cyclin D1 and estrogen receptor in breast cancer as part of a NIH program grant headed by Professor Bob Weinberg at the Whitehead Institute, MIT.
As a senior research scientist at Seoul National University, Korea, Dr Lee gained extensive experience within the field of cancer epigenetics and transcriptional regulation. He has expertise in an array of epigenetic and molecular techniques including genome-wide analysis (RNA-seq and ChIP-seq). These techniques and expertise in epigenetics allowed him to focus on epigenetic regulation of tumour suppressors and oncogenes in breast cancer metastasis.
Dr Lee has published several papers in high impact international journals including Molecular Cell (4), PNAS (2), AJHG (3), Nature Genetics, Immunity and Cell Reports. Dr Lee has two patents currently active and he is collaborating with pharmaceutical enterprises to develop novel therapeutics for several cancer types.
2018: Team Head, Epigenetics and Disease Group QIMR Berghofer
2016: Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Science, Queensland University of Technology
2013: Honorary Associate Professor, School of Biomedical Sciences, University of Queensland
2013-2015: Honorary Associate Professor, School of Chemistry and Molecular Biosciences, University of Queensland
2012: Associate Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Sejong University, Korea
2010-2012: Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Seoul National University, Korea
2006-2009: Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Chromatin Dynamics Research Centre, Seoul National University
2003-2006: Research Associate, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School
2015: Korean Society of Molecular and Cellular Biology Award
2014: QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute Travel Award, ‘Hypoxia-mediated epigenetic changes in breast cancer’
2013: Queensland Emory Development (QED) Alliance Travel Award ‘Epigenetic changes in cancer’
2013: Baker Company Travelling Award ‘Tumour hypoxia: a mediator of metastasis’
2013: QIMR Berghofer International Research Fellowship ‘Epigenetic modifications in breast cancer’
2010: Ruskinn Postdoctoral International Travel Award, ‘Hypoxia signalling and epigenetic regulation’
2009: Best Poster Award, ASN Epigenetics International Meeting, Melbourne
1999-2004: PhD Molecular Medicine, University of Sydney
1995-1998: Bachelor of Science-Biological and Biomedical Sciences, University of NSW