On February 19, 2019, the President of Republic of Korea appointed Prof. Lee Kong-Joo of Ewha Womans University as Science and Technology Advisor to the President. A spokesperson for Presidential Secretariat said in an official brief, “Prof. Lee is a first-generation female scientist, and the world’s foremost authority in biochemistry and proteomics. With her excellent research capabilities and diverse career in public administration, she is the best person to lead reforms and innovations in science and technology through science and technology policy, research and development, and the cultivation of future talents.”
Prof. Lee earned her master’s degree at KAIST, and her doctorate degree at Stanford University. She has published over 100 papers in renowned journals on proteomics, cancer metastasis and stress response signaling mechanism. She has also worked for five years as an editorial board member of ‘Molecular & Cellular Proteomics (MCP),’ an academic journal on Proteomics published by the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.
Prof. Lee served as the President of the Association of Korean Woman Scientists and Engineers (KWSE) from 2006 to 2007, as a member of the National Science & Technology Commission in 2007, and as Dean of the Graduate School of Ewha Womans University in 2010. Prof. Lee served as President of INWES from 2011 to 2017.