Lab Members

The lab is a collegial and enthusiastic environment.  Students participate in weekly lab meeting and monthly journal club and acquire analytical and presentation skills.  There is also a bi-weekly joint lab meeting among all the labs on the floor, giving the student the opportunity to present their work to (and learn from) a multidisciplinary audience. Dr. Lee makes mentorship and education of students and fellows a top priority.


Changsen Wang, Lab Manager











Siavash GhaffariPhD - Post-doctoral fellow

I completed my PhD program at the McGill University School of Engineering, studying the role of in vivo flow dynamics on angiogenesis during embryonic vascular development. Currently, my research focuses on the investigation of the molecular mechanisms of low density lipoprotein transcytosis across human coronary artery endothelial cells.








Karen FungPhD Candidate

I completed my M.Sc. thesis in August of 2014 with Dr. Trimble at Sick Kids looking at the role of the adaptor proteins Cin85 and CD2AP in septin-mediated cytokinesis in mammalian cells. I am currently in the PhD program at the Biochemistry department at the University of Toronto and am co-supervised by Dr. Lee and Dr. Fairn. My project involves the investigation of the molecular mechanisms of high density lipoprotein transcytosis across the blood brain barrier. By understanding how this occurs we hope to translate these findings to a therapeutic setting to improve drug delivery to the brain. 






Rajiv Sanwal, PhD Candidate

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Western Ontario and my MSc at the University of Toronto; during my Masters I studied the role of the endothelial barrier in regulating insulin action. During my PhD I will be exploring the use of ultrasound and microbubbles to deliver therapy to the injured lung.














Negar Khosraviani, MSc

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Toronto in Pathobiology and Immunology.  My fourth year undergraduate thesis project focused on the role of miR-130b-3p on VLDL production and secretion, and on formation of lipid droplets.  In 2020 I completed my Master's in the department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology in the Lee Lab.  














Elyse Latreille, PhD Candidate

I completed my undergraduate degree at the University of Ottawa in Biology.  My undergraduate thesis focused on the role of autophagy in breast cancer invasion and metastasis. Before joining Dr. Lee's lab in 2018, I worked in a virology lab, investigating the role of lipid mediators in Zika virus infection of neural progenitor cells. I am currently enrolled as a PhD student in the department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. My project aims to identify and characterize the mechanisms of action of novel therapies for severe influenza infections and acute lung injury. 






Misha Ditmans, MASc Candidate (Ryerson University)

I completed my undergraduate degree in Biomedical Sciences at York University. I am currently enrolled as a MASc student in Biomedical Engineering at Ryerson University, co-supervised by Dr. Lee and Dr. Michael Kolios. My project seeks to optimize the use of ultrasound and microbubbles in the treatment of acute lung injury.










Erika Jang, MSc candidate

I completed my undergraduate degree in Biotechnology at the University of British Columbia. Before Joining Dr. Lee's lab, I studied the signaling pathways involved in myocarditis and identified potential biomarkers for the disease. I am currently a Master's student in Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto.  My project focuses on LDL transcytosis by endothelial cells.







Xinying Guo, PhD candidate

I completed my undergraduate studies at China Pharmaceutical University, majoring in bioengineering. I am currently enrolled as a PhD student in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology and my project will focus on the regulation and function of endothelial Duffy antigen. Outside of the lab, I am an avid foodie and enjoy following the NBA.












Tse Wing Winnie Ho, MSc candidate
I completed my undergraduate degree in Medical Sciences at the University of Western Ontario. During my undergraduate studies, I conducted my research in cell biology and psychology labs, studying multisensory perception in autism spectrum disorder. I am currently a master’s student in the department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology. My project focuses on studying the relationship between estrogen and interferon gamma with LDL transcytosis in human coronary artery endothelial cells.











Kushal Rajendra Joshi, PhD candidate
I completed my undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering at the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India, and my MS in Biomedical Engineering at the University of California, Irvine. During my Masters, I developed a low-cost, machine-learning assisted micro-chip for electro-phenotyping of cancer cells. I am currently enrolled as a PhD student at Ryerson University in Mechanical Engineering, co-supervised by Dr. Scott Tsai and Dr. Lee. During my PhD, I will be exploring the use of nanobubbles and lung-on-a-chip technology for treating acute lung injury diseases.


Undergraduate Students: David Sapp, Nikki Zamani Farahani, Farnoosh Naderi Nabi

Lab alumni (partial): Negar Khosraviani (MSc), Rajiv Sanwal (MSc), Victoria Mintsopoulos (MSc), Hira Raheel (MSc), Michael Sugiyama (PhD), Elizabeth Sabath (PDF), Niall Filewod (MD/PDF), Victoria Tokarz (MSc), Sha (Lucy) Guan (MSc), Susan Armstrong (MD/PhD); Paymon Azizi (MSc); Asela Gamage (MSc); Vahid Khajoee (PDF).

Many alumni have gone on to post-doctoral fellowships, medical or dental school, graduate school, or combined MD/PhD training; some are in industry.