Jung-Min Lee, M.D.


Women's Malignancies Branch


Building 10, Room 6B12 Bethesda, MD 20892-1361



Research Topics

Dr. Lee's research interests include the early clinical drug development and translational studies of targeted agents in triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) and ovarian cancer, as these diseases share the similar molecular abnormalities, such as TP53 and Rb mutations. Her translational and clinical research interests include examining the hypothesis of clinical synergy of the combination of targeting key proteins in the DNA damage repair pathways, cell cycle, tumor microenvironment, and apoptotic pathways in clinical trials, incorporating collected patient tissue and blood samples. She is the principal investigator of ongoing phase 1 and 2 studies, with a PARP inhibitor (olaparib) in combination with carboplatin or cediranib, and other biologic agents. Dr. Lee's ASCO Young Investigator Award project is to test hypothesis of underlying sequence specificity of DNA damage by a PARP inhibitor and carboplatin, both at the preclinical and clinical levels. In addition, her New York Ovarian Cancer Research Award project is to develop a flow cytometric method to examine potential biomarkers of response to PARP inhibitor therapy in high-grade ovarian cancer. Dr. Lee's group is also interested in pursuing other potential biomarkers of response to targeted agents for cell cycle, apoptotic pathways, and targeted pathways pertinent to TNBC and high-grade serous ovarian cancer. She looks forward to advancing the preclinical biomarker and activity data into new clinical studies for women's cancers.


Dr. Lee is a graduate of Yonsei University, Wonju College of Medicine in South Korea. She completed residency training in internal medicine at the Albert Einstein Medical College, followed by a clinical research fellowship on breast cancer functional imaging at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. Dr. Lee came to the NCI for medical oncology training in the Medical Oncology Branch (MOB). Subsequently, she joined the Molecular Signaling Section/Women's Cancers Clinic, MOB, to investigate potential biomarkers and develop rational combinations of targeted therapies for rare subsets of women's cancers. Dr. Lee maintains her clinical focus in the development of early clinical trials for ovarian cancer and rare subsets of women's cancers, such as BRCA1/2mut carriers with ovarian and/or breast cancers, or women with triple negative breast cancer (TNBC). Dr. Lee is a participating member in the Gynecologic Oncology Group, American Association for Cancer Research, American Society for Clinical Oncology, and the Breast and Gynecologic Malignancies Faculty of the CCR. She was awarded the 2011 Jane C. Wright M.D. Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the 2012 New York Ovarian Cancer Research Award from the Foundation for Women's Cancers.

Selected Publications

  1. Lee JM, Cimino-Mathews A, Peer CJ, Zimmer A, Lipkowitz S, Annunziata CM, Cao L, Harrell MI, Swisher EM, Houston N, Botesteanu DA, Taube JM, Thompson E, Ogurtsova A, Xu H, Nguyen J, Ho TW, Figg WD, Kohn EC. Safety and Clinical Activity of the Programmed Death-Ligand 1 Inhibitor Durvalumab in Combination With Poly (ADP-Ribose) Polymerase Inhibitor Olaparib or Vascular Endothelial Growth Factor Receptor 1-3 Inhibitor Cediranib in Women's Cancers: A Dose-Escalation, Phase I Study. J Clin Oncol. 2017;35(19):2193-2202.

  2. Lee JM, Peer CJ, Yu M, Amable L, Gordon N, Annunziata CM, Houston N, Goey AK, Sissung TM, Parker B, Minasian L, Chiou VL, Murphy RF, Widemann BC, Figg WD, Kohn EC. Sequence-Specific Pharmacokinetic and Pharmacodynamic Phase I/Ib Study of Olaparib Tablets and Carboplatin in Women's Cancer. Clin Cancer Res. 2017;23(6):1397-1406.

  3. Lee JM, Ledermann JA, Kohn EC. PARP Inhibitors for BRCA1/2 mutation-associated and BRCA-like malignancies. Ann Oncol. 2014;25(1):32-40.

  4. Lee JM, Hays JL, Annunziata CM, Noonan AM, Minasian L, Zujewski JA, Yu M, Gordon N, Ji J, Sissung TM, Figg WD, Azad N, Wood BJ, Doroshow J, Kohn EC. Phase I/Ib study of olaparib and carboplatin in BRCA1 or BRCA2 mutation-associated breast or ovarian cancer with biomarker analyses. J Natl Cancer Inst. 2014;106(6):dju089.

  5. Liu JF, Barry WT, Birrer M, Lee JM, Buckanovich RJ, Fleming GF, Rimel B, Buss MK, Nattam S, Hurteau J, Luo W, Quy P, Whalen C, Obermayer L, Lee H, Winer EP, Kohn EC, Ivy SP, Matulonis UA. Combination cediranib and olaparib versus olaparib alone for women with recurrent platinum-sensitive ovarian cancer: a randomised phase 2 study. Lancet Oncol. 2014;15(11):1207-14.

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