Hye Young Lee, Ph.D



Cellular and Integrative Physiology

Hye Young Lee, Ph.D

Assistant Professor

Personal Statement:


B.S., Biological Sciences, Ewha Women's University
Ph.D., Life Science, Pohang University of Science and Technology


Dr. Lee’s research focus is on studying the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying autism spectrum disorders (ASD). 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 Lee lab focuses on:

1) Identifying the molecular mechanisms responsible for the pathophysiology of autism and related disorders, and using these mechanisms to rescue behavioral dysfunction in mouse models

2) Elucidating specific autistic behaviors including social communication deficits and repetitive behaviors, and identifying the brain region(s) and neuron groups underlying these behavioral deficits in mouse models. To address these questions, Dr. Lee uses molecular and cellular neurobiology tools, in vivo brain imaging, and animal behavioral studies.

Lab Members

Visiting Scientist:

Jennifer Michelle Parrott, Ph.D.




Devendra Kumar, Ph.D.




Postdoctoral Fellow:

Jan Tuma, Ph.D.




Anshuman Sinha, Ph.D.





Medical Students:

Jeong Park




Michael Collins




Undergraduate Students:

Rodrigo Rojas-Gonzalez (former NISD and SRD student)




Amtul-noor Rana (former SRD Student)




Vallabhi Annaluru




Srilalitha Lanka  (former NISD Student)






Teena Philip




Izumi Vazquez (Current NISD student)




High School Student:

Laura Beuhler  (current Voelcker Student)




Shreya Kommera (current MRP Student)





Former Lab Members:

Isabel Moh (former Undergraduate Student)




Shree Panda (former Research Assistant)




Peter Mason  (former Voelcker student)




Anagha Kolanu (former NISD Student)




Please check recent publications from Lee lab at https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/1DCUx12nLD_oK4/bibliography/public