Sun Joo Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cell Biology & Physiology

Research Interests

My research interest has been focused on understanding the molecular basis of ion channel function, and in particular on membrane lipid-channel interactions. In order to tackle this difficult problem, I have combined computational modeling, in vitro functional assays of purified proteins reconstituted in synthetic membranes, as well as structure determination through x-ray crystallography and single particle cryo-EM. This multidisciplinary approach will generate a holistic picture of channel functions and bring novel insights for specific regulation of a target ion channel of interest.

Professional Education
  • BA: Handong University, Pohang, South Korea, 2000, Biology
  • MS: Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Gwangju, South Korea, 2002, Biochemistry
  • PhD: Washington University in St. Louis, 2010, Computational Biophysics
  • Postdoc: Washington University in St. Louis, 2011-2018, Ion channel biochemistry/biophysics