Professor Ka Yee Lee
Faculty Advisor for Benzene, Professor in the Department of Chemistry
Ka Yee Lee has been Professor of Chemistry at the University of Chicago since 1998, and currently serves as Director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. Lee conducts research on lung surfactant, a complex mixture of lipids and proteins that assists the breathing process. Other projects aim to elucidate the membrane disruptive mechanism of antimicrobial peptides, the effects of cholesterol on membrane structure and assembly, the role of lipids in immunological response, as well as the mechanism of membrane sealing by polymers.