Ka Yee C. Lee

Interim Dean of the Physical Sciences Division
David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Chemistry, the James Franck Institute, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, and the College

Ka Yee C. Lee
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Ka Yee C. Lee is interim dean of the Division of the Physical Sciences and the David Lee Shillinglaw Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Chemistry, the James Franck Institute, the Institute for Biophysical Dynamics, and the College.
Lee, whose research focuses on membrane biophysics, holds an ScB degree in Electrical Engineering from Brown University, and MS and PhD degrees in Applied Physics from Harvard University. She completed her postdoctoral training at Stanford University and the University of California, Santa Barbara. Lee joined UChicago in 1998 as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and was appointed full professor in 2008. She is the author or co-author of more than 125 scholarly publications.
Lee’s honors include recognition as a Searle Scholar, a David and Lucile Packard Fellow for Science and Engineering, and a Sloan Research Fellow. She is also an elected member of the College of Fellows of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering, a fellow of the Biophysical Society, and a fellow of the American Physical Society.
Additionally, Lee has received the Llewellyn John and Harriet Manchester Quantrell Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching and holds the distinction of being the inaugural recipient of the Arthur L. Kelly Prize for Exceptional Faculty Service in the Physical Sciences Division. Previously, Lee served as provost of the University, vice provost for research, the director of the Materials Research Science and Engineering Center, and associate director of the James Franck Institute.


Interim Dean Ka Yee C. Lee is the chief academic and executive officer for the Physical Sciences Division. Working with department chairs, directors of the research institutes, and senior administrators, she is responsible for securing the budgetary, administrative, and laboratory infrastructure needed to maintain the highest standards of excellence for research and graduate education.