Jun Hee Lee, PhD

Professor, Molecular & Integrative Physiology
Research Associate Professor, Gerontology

3019 BSRB
109 Zina Pitcher Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2200

3338 BSRB
109 Zina Pitcher Place
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-2200

(734) 764-6789


Dr. Lee obtained his Ph.D. in 2006 from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology and received his postdoctoral training at the Department of Pharmacology at the University of California, San Diego. Currently, Dr. Lee is an assistant professor at the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Michigan.

Areas of Interest

We study the relationship between stress, aging and metabolism, currently focusing on the following projects: (1) Stress-inducible Sestrins and their role in age- and obesity-associated metabolic pathologies, (2) Biochemical mechanisms underlying physiological functions of Sestrins, (3) Pathogenetic mechanisms of how autophagy is abrogated in human diseases including non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and movement disorders, (4) Stress-induced protein inclusions and RNA granules, and (5) Single cell-level understanding of stress-induced transcriptome changes.

Honors & Awards

  • 1997: Excellence Scholarship for 1st class new students, awarded by KAIST
  • 1997-1999: Academic Excellence Scholarship, awarded by KAIST
  • 2000: Summa Cum Laude, awarded by KAIST
  • 2000-2005: National Scholarship, awarded by MOST
  • 2002-2018: Notable Korean Scientists, named 16 times by Biological Research Information Center (BRIC)
  • 2006: Valedictorian, nominated by KAIST
  • 2007-2008: Next Generation Fellowship, awarded by Korea Research Foundation (KRF)
  • 2007: Ten Outstanding Scientists, named by Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) and Korean Science and Engineering Foundation (KOSEF)
  • 2008-2011: Human Frontier Science Program Long-term Fellow, awarded by International Human Frontier Science Program Organization (HFSPO)
  • 2010: Postdoctoral Travel Award, awarded by Society for Developmental Biology
  • 2011: University of Michigan Biological Scholar, awarded by UM Biological Science Scholars Program
  • 2012-2013: Research Career Development Core Award, awarded by the Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center at the University of Michigan
  • 2012-2016: Ellison New Scholar in Aging, awarded by the Ellison Medical Foundation (EMF)
  • 2012-2015: Liver Scholar, awarded by the American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases (AASLD) and the American Liver Foundation (ALF)
  • 2013-2015: Basic Science Award, awarded by the American Diabetes Association (ADA)
  • 2017-2019: Glenn Award for Research in Biological Mechanisms of Aging, awarded by the Glenn Foundation for Medical Research


  •  PhD, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

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