Department of Physiology and Pharmacology
Associate Professor

Neurodegenerative Diseases | Neurophysiology | Regenerative Medicine


Research Interests

  • Neuroinflammation
  • Microglia biology
  • Regulator of G-protein Signaling (RGS)
  • Neurodegenerative diseases
  • Parkinson’s disease

My research was focused on understanding how inflammation influences neurodegenerative diseases. Neuroinflammation has been strongly implicated in the pathophysiology of many neurodegenerative diseases. My goal is to identify novel modulators of innate immune responses in CNS and to provide a novel avenue for therapeutic intervention for neurodegenerative diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease (PD), multiple sclerosis (MS).

Educational Background

  • BS (1997) Kyungpook National University, South Korea
  • MS (1999) Kyungpook National University, South Korea
  • PhD (2005) University of North Texas Health Science Center
  • Postdoc (2008) University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center


  • (2014-present) American Society for Neurochemistry (ASN)
  • (2010-present) International Society of Neuroimmunology (ISNI)
  • (2005-present) Society for Neuroscience (SFN)
  • (2002-present)  American Association of Immunologists (AAI)
  • (2010-present) Korean-American Scientists and Engineers Association (KSEA)
  • (2010-present) Korean-American Women in Science and Engineering (KWISE)
  • (2004-2009) Sigma Xi, The scientific research society
  • (2000-2001) Society of Experimental Biology

Teaching Experience

  • VPHY8020 Neuroanatomy (Instructor)
  • VPHY8250 Integrative System Physiology II (Instructor)

  • VPHY8010 Mammalian Cell Physiology (Course coordinator)

Selected Publications

  • ​Publications by Dr. Lee may be found at PubMed.

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