Jun.-Prof. Dr. Sangeun Lee

Jun.-Prof. Sangeun Lee (PhD)

Research group leader

Biopharmacy and Pharmaceutical Technology - Pharmaceutical Materials and Processing 

Campus C4 1, Room 1.14

66123 Saarbrücken


T: +49 (0)681 302-2437  



Dr. Sangeun Lee is a Junior Professor of Department of Pharmacy, Saarland University. Recently, she was appointed as an adjunct scientist at HIPS (since 2022). She has worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Helmholtz-institute for Pharmaceutical research, Saarland, with Prof. C-M. Lehr and Prof. A.K.H. Hirsch, after receiving her doctorate degree in Nanoengineering from the University of California, San Diego, in 2018. Her research focuses on polymeric drug delivery systems (DDSs) that can increase the bioavailability of existing drugs. In particular, polymeric DDSs are implemented using smart polymers whose properties are controlled by disease-specific microenvironments, thus disease state.

Current Position

  • Junior Professor (since May 2021)
    • Pharmaceutical Materials and Processing, Department of Pharmacy, Saarland University, Germany
  • Adjunct Scientist (since Oct 2022)
    • Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), Saarbrücken, Germany


  • Postdoctoral researcher (Apr 2019 – Apr 2021) with Prof. Claus-Michael Lehr, and Prof. Anna K. H. Hirsch at Helmholtz-Institute for Pharmaceutical Research Saarland (HIPS), Drug Delivery (DDEL) and Drug Design and Optimization (DDOP), Germany
  • Ph.D. (Sep 2013 – Mar 2018) under supervision of Prof. Adah Almutairi at The University of California, San Diego, Nanoengineering Department, USA
  • M.S. (Oct 2011 – Sep 2013) under supervision of Prof. Kazunori Kataoka at University of Tokyo, Bioengineering Department, School of Engineering, Japan
  • B.S. (Mar 2006 – Aug 2010) under supervision of Prof. Woo-Dong Jang at Yonsei University, Department of Chemistry, College of Science, South Korea