Program Coordinator 

Soojung Lee, PhD 

Research Scientist II, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering

Dr. Soojung Lee earned BS/MS/PhD in Food Science and Technology from Kyungsung University in South Korea, developing a chiral epoxide hydrolase biocatalyst for biofilters. Dr. Lee then worked as a postdoc at Emory University, focusing on the structural and functional analysis of acid-base transporters in human disease. In 2011, Dr. Lee moved to Denmark, where she worked as a postdoc and assistant professor at Aarhus University, where she focused on the study of acid-base regulation mechanisms in human and murine breast cancer. In 2018, Dr. Lee moved to Georgia Tech as a research scientist II in the Biomedical Engineering Department. Dr. Lee’s research focuses on mammary organoid & microtissue model development and cancer research.

Program Director / Faculty Sponsor

Shuichi (Shu) Takayama, PhD

Professor, GRA Eminent Scholar
Price Gilbert, Jr. Chair in Regenerative Engineering and Medicine

Dr. Shu Takayama earned his BS and MS in Agricultural Chemistry at the University of Tokyo. He earned a PhD in Chemistry at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, California studying bio-organic synthesis with Dr. Chi‐Huey Wong. He then worked as a postdoc with Dr. George Whitesides at Harvard University where he focused on applying microfluidics to studying cell and molecular biology.

Dr. Takayama began his career at the University of Michigan, where he led his lab in the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Macromolecular Science & Engineering for over 17 years. In 2017, the lab moved to Georgia Tech where Shu became the Georgia Research Alliance Price Gilbert Chair Professor of Biomedical Engineering in the Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering.

Dr. Takayama’s research interests are diverse and motivated by clinical and biotechnology needs. He is always interested in hearing from stakeholders in these areas who are seeking engineering collaboration.