Ka Yee Lee
Ka Yee Lee currently oversees the university research administration, development, safety, and computing, as well as numerous endeavors in science that cut across divisions, schools and institutes. Prof. Lee’s academic research interests lie in the area of membrane biophysics. Her laboratory carries out fundamental studies on the interactions between lipids and proteins to gain insights into the functions of lung surfactant, antimicrobial peptides, the membrane sealing effects of polymers, as well as lipid recognition in immune regulatory receptors.
Her work has helped develop a greater understanding of ailments such as respiratory distress syndrome, and recognition process in immune response. As vice provost for research, Lee works to expand research activities and oversee large-scale research structures at the University of Chicago and its affiliated laboratories—Argonne, Fermilab, and the Marine Biological Laboratory.