Lab Members

Lee Lab group photo

Coordinated Lee Lab science Christmas sweaters (winter 2018)

Credit: Lee Lab.

John K. Lee, MD, PhD

John K. Lee, MD, PhD

Title: Principal Investigator

John K. Lee received an AB magna cum laude in Biochemical Sciences from Harvard College, an MD from the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth, and a PhD from the Molecular Biology Institute as a Specialty Training and Advanced Research (STAR) fellow at UCLA. His PhD thesis under the mentorship of Dr. Owen Witte focused on characterizing determinants of aggressive prostate cancer. His postdoctoral research with Dr. Witte involved the identification of cell surface antigens in subtypes of prostate cancer and the development of immunotherapeutics against these targets. John started his independent research program at Fred Hutch in March of 2018. He is also a medical oncologist who specializes in metastatic prostate cancer and bladder cancer. He sees patients at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance/University of Washington Medical Center. 

Honors Year
NIH Director's New Innovator Award 2021
Atomwise AIMS Award 2021
BCAN Bladder Cancer Research Innovation Award 2021
DOD PCRP Idea Development Award - Established Investigator 2021
SBUR Young Investigator Award 2020
ASCI Young Physician-Scientist Award 2020
SBUR Eula and Donald S. Coffey Innovative Research Award 2019
Movember Foundation-PCF Challenge Award 2019
DOD PRCRP Career Development Award 2019
DOD PCRP Idea Development Award - New Investigator 2019
Safeway Early Career Award in Cancer Research 2019
DOD PCRP Physician Research Award 2017
STOP CANCER Foundation Grant 2017
UCLA CTSI KL2 Translational Science Award 2016
PCF Young Investigator Award 2015
Tower Cancer Research Foundation Award 2015
HHMI-NIH Research Scholar 2004

Shan Li, PhD

Shan Li, PhD

Title: Post-doctoral Fellow, DoD PCRP Early Investigator Research Awardee

Shan received her B.S. and M.S. in Pharmaceutical Science from Wenzhou Medical University and her Ph.D. in Pharmaceutical Science from Oregon State University. Her doctoral thesis focused on identifying key factors that play important roles in skin development, skin inflammatory diseases, and skin carcinogenesis. As a post-doctoral fellow in the Lee Lab, Shan is studying the interactions of oncogenic networks in prostate cancer using a prostate epithelial organoid transformation system. Her ultimate goal is to find new ways to prevent and fight cancer. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, traveling, and baking.


Vipul Bhatia, PhD

Vipul Bhatia, PhD

Title: Post-doctoral Fellow

Vipul received his Bachelor of Technology from the Jaypee Institute of Information Technology in Noida, India and his Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology in Kanpur, India. His doctoral thesis focused on exploring the mechanistic insights into the molecular etiology of ETS-negative prostate cancer. As a post-doctoral fellow in the Lee lab, Vipul is investigating the molecular dynamics underlying the emergence of histologic variants of bladder cancer. He is also interested in exploring the molecular circuitries that govern tumor-immune cell interfaces. In his free time, he loves to exercise, hang out with friends for adventure games, and cook.  


Huiyun Sun

Huiyun Sun

Title: UW MolES Graduate Student
Email: hsun45@uw.edu

Huiyun graduated with a B.S. in Biological Sciences from Nanjing University and a M.S. in Biology with a concentration in Microbial and Cellular Biology from Emporia State University. Her Master's research focused on analyzing gene expression downstream of TP53 under different genetic contexts in malignant melanoma cells. Her current project in the Lee Lab involves developing pipelines to deconvolute diverse population of cells marked by combinations of lentiviral barcodes using next-generation sequencing technologies. She is interested in using computational methods to solve biological problems. In her free time, she enjoys K-pop and J-pop. Huiyun also likes to travel, watch movies, and play with her cat. 


Gerardo Javier

Gerardo Javier

Title: UW M3D Graduate Student

Gerardo received his B.S. in Molecular, Cell, and Developmental Biology from UCLA in 2018 and is currently a Molecular Medicine and Mechanisms of Disease PhD Student at the University of Washington. While at UCLA, he pursued undergraduate research in bioinformatics under Dr. Matteo Pellegrini's lab. He continued his time at UCLA as a research technician for Dr. Tom G. Graeber's Lab where he specialized in analyzing RNA sequencing and targeted metabolomics data. Currently his projects include elucidating molecular drivers for variant bladder cancers.


Annabelle Tsao

Annabelle Tsao

Title: Research Technician

Annabelle graduated with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Criminal Justice from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a research technician, she is investigating T cell therapies for prostate cancer. Annabelle is interested in laboratory forensics and hopes to work in a crime lab in the future. In her free time she enjoys hiking, trying new restaurants, and watching football.


Ian Hong

Ian Hong

Title: Lab Aide

Ian Hong is an undergraduate at the University of Washington pursuing a B.S. in Biochemistry and a minor in Philosophy. He hopes to become a pediatrician one day. His interests are hiking, rock climbing, and watching MMA fighting and football.


Madeleine Tenzer

Madeleine Tenzer

Title: Lab Aide

Madeleine Tenzer is an undergraduate student from the University of Washington pursuing a B.S. in Biology and working to become an ER physician or surgeon one day. She likes to draw, hike, and play some video games.


Vessel sculpture and Arnold Building on Fred Hutch campus

Li-Ting "Tina" Wu

Title: Lab Manager

Tina Wu graduated with a Master's degree from Cheng Kong University in Taiwan. Her Master's studies focused on the oncogenic zinc finger protein ZNF322A and its induction of angiogenesis in lung cancer cells. As lab manager and research technician, TIna is developing T cell therapies for prostate cancer. In her free time, she plays basketball, draws, and spends time with her family by video teleconference. 


Vessel sculpture and Arnold Building on Fred Hutch campus

Brianna Gray

Title: Research Administrator

Lee Lab Alumni

Emily Xu - Undergraduate Research Assistant, 2020-2022 
     Master's Student, UC Santa Cruz Biomolecular Engineering and Bioinformatics

Ailin Zhang, PhD - Staff Scientist, 2019-2022

Diana DeLucia, PhD - Post-doctoral Fellow, 2018-2022

Nikhil Kamat, MD - Hematology/Oncology Fellow, 2020-2021 
     Clinical Assistant Professor, UW Medical Center - Northwest

Lauren Wiest - Research Technician, 2020-2021 
     Research Technician, City of Hope

Alicia Wong - Lab Manager/Research Technician, 2018-2020 
     Research Technician, Stanford University

Tiffany Pariva - Research Technician, 2018-2020 
     Medical Student, Loma Linda University School of Medicine

Tanushri Kumar - SURP Student, 2019 
     Graduate Student, University of Washington Biological Physics, Structure and Design

Nathan Lau - Research Technician, 2018-2019 
     Medical Student, Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Lily Bai - High School Intern, 2018-2019 
     Undergraduate Student, University of Southern California