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Dr. Lee H. Lee, professor of Biology & Molecular Biology, is a microbiologist specialized in Molecular Microbiology, Medical Microbiology and Environmental Microbiology. 

Dr. Lee has been awarded the University Distinguished Teacher Award and Excellence In Education Award. She is a Margaret and Herman Sokol Faculty Fellow as well as Judy and Josh Weston and Family Mentor Faculty Fellow. Dr. Lee has served as a National Institutes of Health (NIH) / National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) R01 Reviewer.

Her research projects are in different areas of medical and environmental microbiology using micro and molecular techniques: (1) Using green tea polyphenols (EGCG, EGCG-S) as novel approach to develop antiviral and antibacterial agents; (2) Monitoring the water quality using bacterial indicators and micro source tracking; (3) Studying food safety and food handling practices of ready-to-eat foods; (4) Using microorganisms as environmental indicators to study heavy metal contamination; (5) Studying the interaction of cyanophages, cyanobacteria and cyanobacteria blooms.

Dr. Lee has collaborated with scientists in different fields in the USA and globally. She and her students have published 59 peer-reviewed articles and more than 400 abstracts in National and Regional conferences. All her research projects involve graduate and undergraduate students, many of whom have co-authored the papers and abstracts with her.

Research interests

Different areas of medical and environmental microbiology using micro and molecular techniques.

Scholarly Interests

Molecular Microbiology, Medical Microbiology, Environmental Microbiology, Heavy metal effects on cyanobacteria.


Dr. Lee teaches undergraduate biology major courses including Microbiology (BIOL 350), Independent Study (BIOL 418), Externship in Biological Research (BIOL 409) and Medical Microbiology (BIOL 450); General Education Requirement courses including Biology of Human Life (BIOL 110); graduate courses including Topics in Microbiology (BIOL 550), Microbial Physiology (BIOL 554) and Introduction to Biological Research (BIOL 599)and Master's Thesis (BIOL698). She is a co-op adviser.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 6 - Clean Water and Sanitation
  • SDG 7 - Affordable and Clean Energy
  • SDG 13 - Climate Action
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water
  • SDG 15 - Life on Land


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