Prof. Lee is a director in the Drug Resistance Proteomics Laboratory (National Leading Research Laboratory) and a professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Myongji University. He received his Ph.D. in 1993 in Fermentation Biochemistry from Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea, where he worked an natural product chemistry and molecular biology. From 1993 until 1995, he worked on antibiotic chemistry and X-ray crystallography in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. From 1995 to 2003, he was a professor in the Department of Biochemistry at Youngdong University.
In 2003, he moved to Myongji University. His recent work has focused on antimicrobials, multidrug resistance, biochemistry and X-ray crystal structure of ESBLs (extended-spectrum β-lactamases) and carbapenemases as well as structure-based drug design, and stem cells (regenerative medicine).
He has authored more than 130 scientific papers published in peer-reviewed journals (books), many of which were the first in the field of Infectious Diseases, Drug Resistance, and Stem Cells. Prof. Lee is currently a Deputy Director General and Scientific Adviser of IBC, an evaluator in French National Research Agency, and the Editor in several peer-reviewed journals.