Memorial for the Passing of Insoo Bae, Professor of Oncology

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Georgetown University deeply regrets to report that Insoo Bae, PhD, associate professor of oncology at GUMC, passed away on August 22 from complications of an infection that led to liver failure.

After joining GUMC in 2003 as an assistant professor, Dr. Bae rose to associate professor and was granted tenure in 2010. He was an active, NIH-funded researcher, working with BRCA1 in breast cancer for nearly 14 years. Dr. Baewas an ideal colleague and dedicated cancer researcher. Over the years, his work made important contributions in areas of breast cancer research, gynecologic cancer and melanoma research, as well as important contributions to our understanding of the roles of tumor suppressors at the molecular level.

Dr. Bae did his undergraduate work at Yeungnam University in South Korea. In the United States he did graduate studies at Ball State University, and doctoral studies in molecular virology at Ohio State University. His postdoctoral studies were conducted at the National Cancer Institute and the Fels Cancer Institute in Philadelphia. Dr. Bae held positions at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Long Island Jewish Medical prior to joining Georgetown.

Dr. Bae was active in the World Class University initiative, a program of the South Korean government to increase the research capability of Korean universities to the level of leading research universities world-wide; he developed the joint Lombardi Dankook University program in cancer research. He was also an active member of the American Association for Cancer Research and the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology.

He is survived by his wife, Hee Jeong Kim, and children Edward, Kristen and Katie Bae.  Condolences can be sent to 6257 Rathlin Drive, Springfield, VA 22152. A service will be held August 26 at 11 a.m. in Fairfax, Va.; information can be found here:

Please join the Georgetown University community in expressing our heartfelt condolences to Dr. Bae’s family, and to his colleagues in the Department of Oncology and throughout Georgetown University.