Dr Lee’s research focuses on the design of nano engineered novel materials for effective therapeutic outcomes to improve global health and wellbeing.
Engineering of novel DNA-based materials.
In particular, she uses DNA-driven self-assembling materials for potential sensing and therapeutic delivery applications. These materials are used for the purpose of identification, elimination and/or treatment of sick cells at the cellular level on an individual basis.
She established nebulising technology to deliver therapeutics directly into the lungs to treat different diseases such as lung cancer, tuberculosis and pneumonia and has used lytic enzymes to treat infections caused by bacteria which are developing increased resistance against antibiotics (superbugs).
Her external collaborations with research teams at North Carolina University (USA), Meiji University (Japan), University of Rome (Italy) and CSIRO led to joint publications in journals such as Langmuir, ACS Nano, Microbiology Biotechnology and Scientific Reports.
Dr Lee was awarded a Vice-Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in 2015 and is based in the School of Engineering.