Dr. Myeong-Hee Yu is a principal research scientist at the Biomedical Research Institute of KIST (Korea Institute of Science and Technology). She is the President of KOFWST. She also serves as the Co-chair of Bioeconomy Forum of KOFST. She has been recognized as both an excellent scientist and S&T policy maker.
She received Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley (1981). After postdoctoral training at M. I. T. she returned to Korea and has spent over 30 years working on the structure-function relationship of the proteins. Dr. Yu has shown that genetic emphysema, a human disorder resulting from alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency, is associated with a hepatic block in the protein folding process.
Since July 2002 Dr. Yu had been the Director of Functional Proteomics Center, one of 21C Frontier R&D Initiatives of Ministry of Science and Technology, to build up national infrastructure of emerging proteomics technology. In July 2010 she was appointed as the Senior Secretary to the President of Korea for national future strategy, and had served the position till February 2013. Dr. Yu had been the President of KOGO (The Korean Genome Organization), The Korean Biophysics Society, and KSBMB (Korean Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology). She has earned numerous national and international awards including UNESCO-L’OREAL Award from UESCO (1998), Seoul City Cultural Award from Seoul City (2001), and Order of Science and Technology, Ungbi Medal, from Korean Government (2004). She was elected as one of 60 Women in 60 Years History of UNESCO (2006). She has been a member of The National Academy of Science and Technology since 2002 and a member of The National Academy of Engineering of Korea since 2014.