Lee graduated with his PhD in Microbiology and Immunology from The University of Western Ontario in 2014 and went on to complete Post-Doctoral training in Clinical Microbiology at the University of Toronto in 2017. He is currently employed as a Clinical Microbiologist with the Public Health Ontario Laboratory overseeing testing of hepatitis, HIV, measles, mumps, rubella, and other miscellaneous viruses.
My research interests are aimed at improving molecular epidemiology techniques in order to better assist with virus outbreak response.
The ability to quickly identify unknown sources of new cases and chains of transmission is critical to controlling viral outbreaks. Descriptive epidemiological approaches can be limited when cases are sporadic or if multiple outbreaks are occurring simultaneously. In such scenarios phylogenetic and phylodynamic analyses of sequenced viral genomes can supplement routine methods. I am interested in developing techniques that facilitate direct-from-specimen whole-genome sequencing and streamlined approaches for the rapid phylogenetic characterization of viral genomes in the context of outbreaks.