KiBum Lee is a distinguished professor of chemistry and chemical biology. The primary research interest of his group is to develop and integrate nanotechnologies and chemical biology to modulate signaling pathways in stem cells and cancer cells towards specific cell lineages or behaviors. In particular, his group is exploring critical problems in cancer research and stem cell biology related to the cell-microenvironmental interactions and how to control these interactions at the subcellular and single-cell level using interdisciplinary as well as transformative approaches. From this research effort, he has developed innovative technology platforms that may overcome the critical barriers to harnessing the full therapeutic potential of stem cells and cellular reprogramming, targeting diseases affecting global people.
In recognition of his scientific achievement, Lee has received several awards, including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director’s New Innovator Award. He also has served as a reviewer with various awarding agencies, including the NIH, National Science Foundation, U.S. Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs, and other national and international agencies.
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