H.E. Dr. Young Sook YOO has been serving as the Minister of Environment of the Republic of Korea since May 2011. As a supporter of mobilizing global action for environmental protection and one of the key figures in the field of science, Minister YOO spearheads the effort to help the global community share their environmental policies and experiences.
Minister YOO has become an accomplished female scientist working for the Korea Institute of Science and Technology (KIST) since 1990. Admired for the leading role in creative researches during her tenure, she held the title of the first female vice president of KIST in 2009.
Minister YOO assumed the position of President of the Women’s Bioscience Forum in Korea. Also, she was a member of the Presidential Advisory Council on Education, Science & Technology. Since 2005, she has been a member of the Editorial Board of ‘Electrophoresis,’ a journal published by Willy-VCH, Germany. She was awarded Ph.D in Biochemistry at Oregon State University and later conducted postdoctoral researches at Stanford University, USA.