Dr Lee obtained her PhD in 2005 from the University of Hong Kong and started her postdoctoral work with Professor JS Malik Peiris (Tam Wah-Ching Professor in Medical Science and Director of Centre of Influenza Research, HKU) later in the same year.
Dr Lee joined the School of Public Health as a Research Assistant Professor and focuses her research on virus-host interaction and host response to viral infection, with emphasis on the investigation of transcriptomics, virus-host mechanisms and cell signaling pathways in influenza viral pathogenesis, and the potential of novel therapeutic targets for treatment of important and topical diseases caused by these viruses.
Dr Lee has collaborated with Professor Nancy Ip (Dean of Science, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong), and Professor Bob Hancock (Director of Centre for Microbial Diseases and Immunity Research, The University of British Columbia, Canada), on studies including the neuropathogenesis of influenza A viruses and identification of novel therapeutic options for the treatment of influenza disease.
To date Dr Lee has secured 6 research grants as Principal Investigator, and is Co-Investigator to 5 other major research grants from Research Fund for the Control of Infectious Diseases to Research Grants Council-General Research Fund. She is currently an Honorary Research Assistant Professor at the University of Hong Kong-Pasteur Research Pole.