Dr. Lee's research centers on the use of cell culture models derived from non-mammalian species, specifically fish and economically important invertebrates such as bees, shrimp, lobsters.
Specifically, Dr. Lee's interest revolves around developing continuous cell lines that can be readily available and used for evaluating effects of nutrients, hormones, drugs, contaminants, toxicants, for applications in animal health, animal husbandry, biotechnology, environmental monitoring, etc.
Current projects funded by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) include the development of fish cell lines and their use in the study of intracellular parasites like the microsporidia that have become emerging pathogens of concern.
Dr. Lee’s team members have used classical cell-culture methodologies along with proteomics and immunotechniques to understand interactions of host cells with model intracellular and extracellular aquatic pathogens. Recent interests have expanded to cover areas of concern in agriculture such as the study of microsporidians affecting bees, climate change and pesticide effects in non-target species, and evaluation of nutraceuticals, specifically, evaluating blueberry components for fish diets using fish intestinal cells (the latter funded by an NSERC Strategic).
Dr. Lee has adjunct faculty appointments at the University of British Columbia, Zoology Department; the University of Waterloo, Department of Biology; Wilfrid Laurier University, Department of Biology; as well as graduate appointments at the University of Guelph, Biomedical Sciences; and as such has supervised or co-supervised many graduate students.
At UFV, Dr. Lee has supervised several undergraduate and post-graduate students in various research projects and these include:
Andrew Alexander (NSERC USRA 2013,2014, currently a graduate student at UBC),
Mandeep Saran (NSERC USRA 2014, currently a medical student at UBC),
Marcus Cardoso-Trento (2013-14, Science without borders, Brazil),
Fabiola Rojas, 2012-14 (Biology Technician)
Kevin Kobes, summer student 2014-15 (now in medicine at UBC).
Vishesh Oberoi (NSERC USRA, winter 2015),
Kamal Moghrabi (NSERC USRA, summer 2015),
Gangandeep Rai (NSERC USRA, summer 2015)