Dr. Nana Lee holds a PhD in Biochemistry (2000) from the University of Toronto in the area of genetic mapping, a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan in colorectal cancer research, and was a Visiting Scholar at Whitehead (Broad) Institute for Biomedical Research, MIT with the world's leading group of the International Human Genome Project. Her roles in the biotechnology industry include Senior Research Scientist for Ellipsis Biotherapeutics (Toronto) directing large-scale genotyping projects, and Senior Research Scientist, Product Manager and Director of Application Science for DNA Software, (Ann Arbor, Michigan) specializing in in-silicosimulations of nucleic acid hybridizations.
She brings her valuable expertise as an industry scientist and mother of three back into academia as she is currently pioneering the addition of professional development in biomedical graduate education. Along with Dr. Reinhart Reithmeier, she developed and implemented the innovative Graduate Professional Development (GPD) course in the fall of 2012 for the Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto which was featured in Science Careers, 2013.
She directed the organization of the first Biomedical Career Workshop in 2013 sponsored by ASBMB, CSMB, Biochemistry, Immunology, U of Ottawa, Faculty of Medicine, and the Banting Research Foundation. Her speaking engagements about professional development for PhDs include those for U of Toronto's Department of Molecular Genetics, U of Toronto's Life Sciences Career Development Society, Canadian Science Policy Conference, University of Guelph's Department of Molecular and Cell Biology, York University's NSERC IACPES Professional Development Event for Science and Engineering Students.
She currently holds the position of Director and Assistant Professor (Teaching Stream) of GPD for both Departments of Biochemistry and Immunology. Her course includes essential professional development strategies to help PhDs find rewarding, career trajectories.
Interactive lectures may include expert lecturers and classroom discussions regarding the practical aspects of succeeding in graduate school, PI relationships and mentoring, enhancing research ability skills, problem-solving techniques, leadership, finding successful collaborations, research ethics, developing strong written and oral communication skills, further training as a postdoctoral fellow, effective networking, integrating family commitments, career transitions, cvs and resumés, career options in and out of academia, best methods of searching for and landing the job, staff management, global scientific issues, clinical applications, social implications, creating a career and maintaining career development.