Assistant Professor of Molecular Ecology, Population Genomics, and Bioinformatics

Yoosook Lee, PhD

Dr. Yoosook Lee is an Assistant Professor of Molecular Ecology, Population Genomics, and Bioinformatics. She studies natural populations of arthropod vectors and is particularly interested in population divergence, dispersal, and genetic variations associated with epidemiologically important phenotypes such as insecticide resistance and pathogen resistance.  Dr. Lee’s current research focus centers around arbovirus vectors such as Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus worldwide, and malaria vectors such as Anopheles funestus complex in southern Africa and Anopheles darlingi in Brazil. Using a combination of genomics and bioinformatics tools, she develops multi-detection assays for species and hybrid identification, pathogen detection, chromosome inversion genotyping, and blood source detection for various insect species groups. Dr. Lee has extensive experience mentoring undergraduate students and is particularly proud of the fact that a majority of her undergraduate students have peer-review publications with her before they graduate. She welcomes enthusiastic students interested in integrative approach in solving complex problem of vector-borne diseases. 

Thank you for your contributions to undergraduate research!