M.S. in Pharmacy, Seoul National University, South Korea, 2008
B.S. in Chemical and Biological Engineering, Seoul National University , South Korea, 2006


[1] Invited talk, Breast Cancer Seminar (Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center), Johns Hopkins University, USA, 2013

[2] Mogam Scholarship, Mogam Science Scholarship Foundation, South Korea, 2012

[3] 'Runner up' Award, Safeway Breast Cancer Symposium, The Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University, USA, 2012

[4] Brain Korea 21 Scholarship, Korea Research Foundation, South Korea, 2008

[5] Merit-based scholarship, Seoul National University, South Korea, 2002-2006

Research Interests

I am focusing on molecular mechanisms of breast cancer metastasis by looking into the roles of angiocrine and lymphangiocrine factors in normal or cancerous condition. I am also interested in the development of anti-lymphangiogenic and anti-angiogenic peptides to target tumor growth and metastasis.


[1] Lee, E., Pandey, N.B., Popel, A.S., "Breast cancer cells educate lymphatic endothelial cells within pre-metastatic niches to promote metastasis" (in revision for the Nature Communications)

[2] Lee, E., Pandey, N.B., Popel, A.S., "Pre-treatment of mice with tumor-conditioned media accelerates metastasis to lymph nodes and lungs: a new spontaneous breast cancer metastasis model."Clin Exp Metastasis 2013 Aug 21

[3] Lee, E., Koskimaki, J.E., Pandey, N.B., Popel, A.S., "Inhibition of lymphangiogenesis and angiogenesis in breast tumor xenografts and lymph nodes by a peptide derived from transmembrane protein 45A." *Neoplasia, 15(2):112-24 (*Cover article)

[4] Koskimaki, J.E.*, Lee, E.*, Chen, W., Rivera, C.G., Rosca, E.V., Pandey, N.B., Popel, A.S., "Synergy between a collagen IV mimetic peptide and a somatotropin-domain containing peptide as angiogenesis and lymphangiogenesis inhibitors." Angiogenesis, 16(1):159-70, 2013 (*Equal contribution)

[5] Koskimaki, J.E., Rosca, E.V., Rivera, C., Lee, E., Chen, W., Pandey, N.B., Popel, A.S., "Serpin-derived peptides are anti-angiogenic and suppress breast tumor growth in vivo." Transl Oncol, 5(2):92-7, 2012

[6] Lee, E., Rosca, E.V., Pandey, N.B., Popel, A.S., "Small peptides derived from somatotropin domain-containing proteins inhibit blood and lymphatic endothelial cell proliferation, migration, adhesion and tube formation." Int J Biochem Cell Biol, 43:1812-21, 2011

[7] Lee, E., Kim, Y.S., Bae, S.M., Kim, S.K., Jin, S., Chung, S.W., Lee, M., Jeon, O.C., Park, R.W., Kim, I.S., Byun, Y., Kim, S.Y., "Polyproline-type helical-structured low-molecular weight heparin (LMWH)-taurocholate conjugate as a new angiogenesis inhibitor." Int J Cancer, 124: 2755-65, 2009

[8] Chu, L.H., Lee, E., Bader, J.S., Popel, A.S., Angiogenesis interactome and time course microarray data reveal the distinct activation pattern of receptor tyrosine kinases on endothelial cells, under review


Guitar, classical music, movie

Home town

Seoul, South Korea