Lee graduated with a B.A. In Biological Sciences from the University of Chicago where he researched cell-mediated immunity against S. aureus in the application of vaccine development. Given the prevalence of MRSA infection within the Chicago community, this fostered a strong desire to explore the contribution of basic and translational research to clinical care. Lee obtained an MSc in Medical Sciences from Boston University. Here, he examined autoimmunity of membranous nephropathy, a kidney disease whose etiology is only recently becoming well-understood. A long term interest in understanding and treating human disease eventually brought Lee to the Bodamer Lab. He hopes that his efforts here will ultimately improve patient well-being.