Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology Faculty

Yong Woo Lee, MS, PhD

Associate Professor
Cellular and Molecular Biology
Department of Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology


  • 1994 – 1997
    PhD, Biological Sciences
    Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST)
    Taejon, South Korea
  • 1986 – 1988
    MS, Biochemistry
    Yonsei University
    Seoul, South Korea
  • 1982 – 1986
    BS, Applied Biology and Chemistry
    Seoul National University
    Seoul, South Korea

Research Interests

  • Cellular and molecular mechanisms of inflammatory vascular disease
  • NanoMedicine: Biomedical applications of nanotechnology

Professional Experience

  • 2004 – Present
    Primary Faculty
    School of Biomedical Engineering & Sciences
    Virginia Tech-Wake Forest University
  • 2004 – 2010
    Assistant Professor
    Biomedical Sciences & Pathobiology
    Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine
  • 2002 – 2004
    Assistant Professor, Neurosurgery
    University of Kentucky
  • 2001 – 2002
    Research Associate, Neurosurgery
    University of Kentucky
  • 1999 – 2001
    Postdoctoral Scholar, Neurosurgery
    University of Kentucky
  • 1988 – 1998
    Senior Investigator
    Lotte Group R&D Center
    Seoul, South Korea

Selected Publications

  1. Lee YW, Lee WH, Kim PH. Oxidative mechanisms of IL-4-induced IL-6 expression in vascular endothelium. Cytokine. 2010;49:73-79.
  2. Lee YW, Lee WH, Kim PH. Role of NADPH oxidase in interleukin-4-induced monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 expression in vascular endothelium. Inflammation Research. 2010; 59:755-765.
  3. Lee YW, Kim PH, Lee WH, Hirani AA. Interleukin-4, oxidative stress, vascular inflammation and atherosclerosis. Biomolecules & Therapeutics. 2010;18:135-144.
  4. Hogan S, Chung H, Zhang L, Li J, Lee YW, Dai Y, Zhou K. Antiproliferative and antioxidant properties of anthocyanin-rich extract from A├žai. Food Chemistry. 2010;118:208-214.
  5. Lee WH, Sonntag WE, Mitschelen M, Yan H, Lee YW. Irradiation induces regionally specific alterations in pro-inflammatory environments in rat brain. International Journal of Radiation Biology. 2010;86:132-144.
  6. Lee WH, Sonntag WE, Lee YW. Aging attenuates radiation-induced expression of pro-inflammatory mediators in rat brain. Neuroscience Letters. 2010;476:89-93.
  7. Roman M, Dong S, Hirani A, Lee YW. Cellulose nanocrystals for drug delivery. In: Polysaccharide Materials: Performance by Design, Edgar KJ, Heinze T, Buchanan C. Eds., ACS Symposium Series, American Chemical Society. 2009;1017:81-91.
  8. Lee WH, Kang S, Vlachos PP, Lee YW. A novel in vitro ischemia/reperfusion injury model. Archives of Pharmacal Research. 2009;32:421-429.
  9. Hong JH, Omur-Ozbek P, Stanek BT, Dietrich AM, Duncan SE, Lee YW, Lesser G. Taste and odor abnormalities in cancer patients. Journal of Supportive Oncology. 2009;7:58-65.
  10. Sharp LA, Lee YW, Goldstein AS. Effect of low-frequency pulsatile flow on expression of osteoblastic genes by bone marrow stromal cells. Annals of Biomedical Engineering. 2009;37: 445-453.