Sung Hee Baek is a director of the Epigenetic Code and Diseases Research Center and a professor in Department of Biological Sciences at Seoul National University. She is also an Advisory Member of Presidential Advisory Council on Science & Technology and a fellow in Department of Science at the Korean Academy of Science and Technology.
Sung Hee Baek received her Bachelor of Science degree from Seoul National University in 1994 and her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from Seoul National University in 1999.
Before joining Seoul National University in 2003 as a professor, Sung Hee Baek was a research assistant professor at the University of California, San Diego. She has been contributing to the mechanistic understanding of tumorigenesis and metastasis through discovering new tumor suppressor genes and identifying their epigenetic regulatory mechanisms in human diseases. She is focusing on transcriptional factors and coregulators involved in the regulation of cancer, autophagy, and inflammation.
She won Presidential Young Scientist Award given by Ministry of Education, Science and Technology in 2009 in the field of Life Sciences, Seoul National University Natural Sciences Research Award in 2010, and the L’Oreal-UNESCO award for Women in Science in 2011, and Kyung-Am Prize in Biology in 2015.