Associate Professor - Teaching Stream

Nana Lee

Graduate Professional Development


St. George Campus
University of Toronto, Medical Sciences Building, Room 5233, Toronto, Ontario Canada M5S 1A8
Appointment Status


  • PhD

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. 

Her list of speaking engagements to over 3000 attendees and her published articles can be found here:

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.



Director of Graduate Professional Development & Mentorship, GLSE

Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream Departments of Immunology and Biochemistry