Dr Lee joined the Woodruff Group - Neuroinflammation in 2015 after being awarded a Motor Neuron Disease Research Institute (MNDRIA) fellowship. His projects encompass the investigation of innate immune and inflammatory pathways including complement and inflammasomes in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS/MND). He also has an emerging interest on the links between the immune system, and metabolism in neurodegeneration.

Researcher biography

Dr Lee is a mid-career researcher with training in neuroscience, and additional experience in pharmacology and immunity. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Queensland (UQ) in 2014 and continued his post-doctoral research studies in neuroinflammation and neurodegenerative diseases. He is currently a Senior Research Fellow and Group Leader at UQ's School of Biomedical Sciences, where he focusses on innate immune and inflammatory pathways including the complement system and inflammasomes in motor neuron disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), Huntington's disease, and Parkinson's disease. Dr Lee's research has demonstrated the therapeutic potential of multiple anti-inflammatory drugs targeting innate immune-mediated neuroinflammation to reduce neuronal cell death in animal models of neurodegenerative disease. He is also interested in the links between the immune system, stress response, and energy metabolism in neurodegeneration.