Principal Investigator

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Isaac (Esak) Lee, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering
College of Engineering
Cornell University, Ithaca, NY


My lab aims to understand the morphogenesis, homeostasis and disease pathogenesis of lymphatic vessels and blood vessels and their microenvironments to provide new strategies for regenerative medicine and treatment of cancer, immune diseases, and edema. To this end, we are working to develop novel three-dimensional (3D) organ-on-chip systems, cellular and molecular tools, and in vivo models to better understand the mechanisms by which cells regulate and respond to biological and mechanical cues.


Education and Training

Ph.D. Bioengineering, Johns Hopkins University (Advisor: Aleksander S. Popel), 2014

M.S. Pharmacy, Seoul National University (Advisor: Youngro Byun), Korea, 2008

B.S. (summa cum laude) Chemical Engineering, Seoul National University, 2006



Assistant Professor, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University (Effective July 1, 2019 – )

Visiting Assistant Professor, Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering, Cornell University (July 1, 2018 – Present)

Postdoctoral Fellow, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard University & Boston University, Advisor: Christopher S. Chen (2014 – Present)


Honors & Awards

Young Investigator Conference Award, Gordon Research Conference (GRC) on Lymphatics, Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN), 2018

LE&RN Postdoctoral Fellowship, Lymphatic Education & Research Network (LE&RN), 2016 – 2018

TL1 Postdoctoral Fellowship, NIH (NHLBI), 2015 – 2016

MOGAM Science Scholarship, MOGAM Foundation, 2013

Runner-up Award, Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, 2012

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