People

Jeffrey E. Lee, PhD

Associate Professor; Canada Research Chair in Structural Virology

About the PI:  Jeff completed his undergraduate studies at the University of British Columbia in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (1995-1999). He pursued his graduate studies with Dr. P. Lynne Howell at the University of Toronto/Hospital for Sick Children (1999-2005) and followed that up with a postLee_large_001-doctoral fellowship with Dr. Erica Ollmann Saphire at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA (2005-2010). Jeff returned back to the University of Toronto to start his own lab in July 2010. His career has been highlighted with a number of fellowships and awards, such as a Canada Research Chair in Structural Virology, 2015 Merck Irving S Sigal Award (American Society of Microbiology), CIHR New Investigator Award, 2010 Spicer Young Investigator Award (Stanford University/Stanford Synchrotron Radiation Lightsource), 2009 NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, 2006 Governor General’s Academic Gold Medal, and CIHR Postdoctoral and Doctoral Fellowships.

Research Associates

Karen Siu, Ph.D. Karen completed her BSc from Simon Fraser University (1999-2004) and obtained her PhD from the University of Toronto, Dept. of Biochemistry with Dr. P. Lynne Howell (2004-2010). She was the recipient of numerous national fellowships: CIHR Doctoral Scholarship, CIHR Postdoctoral Fellowship.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Peter Quashie, Ph.D. Peter obtained a MSc (Biochemistry) from Concordia University (2008-2010) with Dr. Joanne Turnbull. He pursued his PhD in the lab of world-renown HIV/AIDS researcher Dr. Mark Wainberg at McGill University (2010-2015). He joined the Lee Lab in the summer of 2015 and is the recipient of the prestigious Banting Postdoctoral Fellowship (2016-2018).

Graduate Students

Farshad Azimi.  Farshad completed his BSc (Hons) from the University of Toronto in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. He joined the Lee Lab as a PhD candidate in Jan 2012. Farshad holds the CIHR Doctoral Fellowship and has previously been awarded the CIHR CGS-M and Ontario Graduate Scholarships.

Jonathan Cook.  Jonathan completed his BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry at the University of Toronto. He joined the Lee Lab as a PhD candidate in Sept 2011. He currently holds the CIHR Vanier Fellowship and has previously been awarded the Ontario Graduate Scholarship.

Wenguang He. Wen completed his BSc (Hons) in Biochemistry at the University of Manitoba. He joined the Lee Lab in Sept 2016 and is co-supervised with Dr. Michael Ohh (LMP/Biochemistry UToronto).

Undergraduate Students

       Chanhee Park

       Ying Quan

       Annie Yip. Co-op student from UBC.

Alumni

Postdoctoral Fellows/Research Associate: George Bikopolous (staff at York University), Azmiri Sultana (SickKids)

Graduate Students: Halil Aydin, PhD (Postdoctoral Fellow at UCSF- Lab of Jonathan Weissman and Adam Frost), Matthew Taylor, MSc (Law at UToronto)

Undergraduate Students: Nikki Cavandi, Sarah Cao (MD at WesternU), Briana Smrke (Ontario Government), Lewis Liu, Sofiya Lazarova (UBC graduate school), Kate Twohig (UBC MSc Public Health), Haroon Muhammed, Syed Hasan, Markus Korpella (UHelsinki), Amanda Kelsall (MD at UOttawa), Hazel Soto-Montoya (technician at UToronto), Brandon Ho (UToronto graduate school), Hanna Lem (technician at Stanford University), Dina Al-Khooly, David Dai (UToronto MSc Public Health), Alena Zelinka (UToronto graduate school), Klarizza Panaligan (Sanofi-Pasteur), Aynaz Khodayari, Annoj Thavalingam (UToronto graduate school), Minjie Mai, Vivian Zhou, Cody Cherepuschak, Helen Tran, Murtaza Khawaja

Technician: Mehrnaz Amani (technician at SGC, UToronto)

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