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Q&A with Dr Byung-Mu Lee

Deputy Editor, Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A

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Dr Byung-Mu Lee

Professor at Division of Toxicology, Sungkyunkwan University

What attracted you to take up the position of Deputy Editor for Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health, Part A (JTEH, Part A)?

Long established in the community, JTEH, Part A is one of the most prestigious leading journals in toxicology and environmental sciences. It is also one of the oldest journals in this area having published it's first volume in 1975. 


What sets this journal apart from its rival journals?

Its diversity. JTEH, Part A covers not only basic research and mechanisms, but also applied toxicological sciences and environmental health sciences comprehensively, including regulatory risk assessment.

Why should an author submit to JTEH, Part A?

Not only is it a prestigious journal with a good impact factor and wide range of readers in toxicology and environmental health sciences, the journal handles papers submitted very quickly and authors may receive the final decision within 6 weeks after submission. Once accepted, the papers could be published within 3 months!


Can special issues be published from various parts of the world including Asian countries, European countries and Latin Americas? 

JTEH, Part A has made global collaboration efforts, not only to promote toxicological sciences in these countries, but also to promote the journal. There have been Asian chapters (e.g., South Korea, Taiwan, China, etc.), European chapters, and Latin American chapters in JTEH, Part A, and we look forward to continuing with this diversity.


Is it possible to invite the journal to collaborate in joint international workshops, with subsequent papers published exclusively in JTEH?

JTEH is an international journal and we are eager to promote submissions and our content globally, for more information please get in touch.

About Dr Byung-Mu Lee

Dr. Byung-Mu Lee is Professor at Division of Toxicology, College of Pharmacy, Sungkyunkwan University in South Korea.

He received B.S. in Pharmacy from Sungkyunkwan University, M.P.H. in Environmental Health Sciences from Seoul Nat’l University, M.S.P.H. in Environmental Toxicology from University of South Carolina, and Dr.P.H. in Human Toxicology (Carcinogenesis, Biomarkers) from Columbia University in Regina M. Santella’s lab, New York.

He did postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University and spent a year in Paul Strickland’s lab. And as a visiting research professor for a year at National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Raymond Tennant lab. (Mutagenesis and Carcinogenesis), USA.

He currently holds the following positions:

  • Deputy Editor of the Journal of Toxicology and Environmental Health A,
  • Associcate Editor Food and Chemical Toxicology,
  • Editorial review board of Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP),
  • Advisory Editor of Archives of Toxicology.

Positions he has previously held:

  • Research Advisor of the Ministry of Food and Drug Safety,
  • Committee Advisor for the Ministry of Science, ICT, & Future Planning, the Ministry of Environment, and the Ministry of Human Health & Welfare in South Korea,
  • President of the 13th International Congress of Toxicology (ICT XIII) in 2013,
  • Vice president of International Association of Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society (IAEMGS) between 2013 and 2017,
  • President of Korea Society of Toxicology (KSOT) and Korea Environmental Mutagen Society (KEMS),
  • Vice president of the Asia Society of Toxicology (ASIATOX).

He has organized 10 Workshops and 3 Int. Symposia about Toxicology, Carcinogenesis, Chemoprevention, Endocrine Disruption, and Risk Assessment. He was a Nominating Committee Member of International Union of Toxicology (IUTOX). He is the author of 250 papers in peer-reviewed journals, reviews, Encyclopedia of Environmental Health, and 20 Book chapters. He is the co-Editor of Lu’s Basic Toxicology (7th Edition, 2017, CRC).

Prof. Lee has received numerous awards, including:

  • The Young Scientist Award, Brookhaven Symposium (USA),
  • The Yun Ho Lee Award of Scientific Merit (Int. Aloe Science Council, USA),
  • The Merit Award from the Minister, Ministry of Food Drug Safety (Republic of Korea).

His research areas include: Carcinogenesis, Chemoprevention, Endocrine Disruption, Molecular Epidemiology, Biomarkers, Systems Toxicology, and Risk Assessment/Management.

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