Myeong learned of her scientific skills while in middle school, and she chose to pursue a career in microbiology which she successfully did. She was born in Seoul, South Korea on 5th September 1954. She is the president of the Korea Federation of Women’s science and Technology Associations.


Myeong attained her first degree in microbiology in 1976 at Seoul National University. She later achieved a doctorate in Microbiology from the University of California in 1981. Myeong worked as a postdoctoral fellow at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1985.

Myeong-Hee Yu scientific advisor to the president of South Korea


On coming back to Korea, Myeong worked at the Korea Research Institute of Bioscience and biotechnology until 2000. She served as the Principal Research Scientist at The Korea Science and Technology. Here she researched on, among other researches, the amino acids that can suppress mutations like tsf.

Her work has appeared in many publications among them Nature, The Journal Proteome Research, Journal Of Molecular Biology, Etc.

She has equally served at the Republic of South Korea in high positions. She worked as the Director of the Functional Proteomics Center. From 2002-2010, she served as the senior official for National Future. Her mandate was to oversee the communication of the government on promoting low carbon and green technologies in South Korea.

Myeong was the president of biophysical Society from 2009-2010, and the president of Genome Korea organization in 2010. Her contributions in research, administration and advisory are so immense in South Korea government and to the institutions of learning and research.




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