Biography & Research:
Jaewon Lee has been educated in Seoul, Korea. After he completed B.S. and M.S. degree at Yonsei University, he worked as a research fellow at the department of Physiology, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio, USA. He has spent there for 1 year studying aging and dietary restriction intervention under Dr. B.P. Yu’s guidance. In 2002, he received Ph.D. from the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine. During his Ph.D. degree, he showed for the first time that dietary restriction can enhance adult hippocampal neurogenesis, and also proposed the important roles of BDNF in neurogenic actions of dietary restriction in the laboratory of Dr. Mark P. Mattson. He further pursued his postdoctoral training in the laboratory of Dr. Douglas C. Wallace at the University of California, Irvine, and there he showed the important role of Ant1 in the brain and neurons from excitotoxicity-mediated stress. Dr. Lee is currently a professor of the college of pharmacy at Pusan National University, Korea, contributing to neuroprotective and neurorestorative intervention for aging brain and age-related neurodegenerative diseases.