Hye Young Lee, Ph.D.
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) form a heterogeneous neurodevelopmental syndrome characterized by deficits in language development/social interactions, and repetitive behavior/restricted interests. ASD likely arises from a complex combination of risk factors. However, it remains possible that certain aspects of the molecular pathophysiology responsible for ASD are recurrent themes that can inform the underlying neurobiological basis of ASD. The goal of Dr.Hye Young Lee's research is: 1) to identify the molecular mechanisms responsible for the pathophysiology of ASD and to use these mechanisms to rescue ASD symptoms in mouse models, which will help us understand/improve mental function and behavioral deficits and 2) to elucidate the social communication deficits and repetitive behaviors in autism mouse models and to identify the brain region and neurons underlying these behavioral deficits, which will help us understand how this circuitry might contribute to compromised behavioral phenotypes in ASD.
Ph.D., Life Science, Pohang University of Science and Technology, 2006
B.S., Biological Sciences, Ewha Women's University, 2001