We aim to understand the morphogenesis, homeostasis and disease pathogenesis of lymphatic vessels and blood vessels and their microenvironments to provide new strategies for regenerative medicine and treatment of immune diseases, cancer, and edema. To this end, we are working to develop novel three-dimensional (3D) organ-on-chip systems, cellular and molecular tools, and in vivo models to better understand the mechanisms by which cells regulate and respond to biological and mechanical cues.

Recent News

September 23, 2021:

Lab awarded NIH R21 grant from NIAID! We look forward to exploring immune cell interactions with lymphatics in collaboration with Dr. Deborah Fowell.


June 8, 2021:

Meera’s proposal titled “Modeling Breast Cancer Metastasis with Bioengineered Tumor-on-Chip Platform” has been selected to receive a Summer 2021 research award from Cornell Engineering Learning Initiative (ELI). Congratulations, Meera!


June 1, 2021:

Cort awarded the Sigma Xi Award. Congratulations, Cort!  


April 25, 2021:

Dr. Lee gives invited talk at

(1) Lymphatic Forum 2021 (virtual_June 2, 2021)

(2) NAVBO symposium: Human Organoid Systems to Study Vascular Toxicity (virtual_June, 15, 2021)


April 13, 2021:

Two review papers are out. Congratulations to authors! 

Bioengineered in vitro models of leukocyte-vascular interactions, Biochem. Soc. Trans. (2021)

Engineering three-dimensional vascularized cardiac tissues, Tissue Eng. Part B: Rev. (2021), in collaboration with Dr. Deok-Ho Kim.


April 10, 2021:

Paul received Ruthanna Wood Davis Award for Academic Achievement! Congratulations, Paul!


April 10, 2021:

Cort awarded American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Undergraduate Scholar Award, 2021-2022. Congratulations, Cort!


March 23, 2021:

Aria awarded NSF GRF! Aria will study protein transport mechanisms in glymphatic system using organ-chip models. Congratulations, Aria!


March 8, 2021:

Lab awarded Adam Rachel Broder Fund for Cancer Research! 


March 2, 2021:

Lab awarded ‘Multi-Investigator Seed Grant’ from the Office of Academic Integration at Cornell University! We look forward to our collaboration with Dr. Manuel Hidalgo.


To create and nurture a diverse community dedicated to discovery, scholarship, and leadership to improve human health and wellness by taking principles from engineering, biology, and medicine” – Lee lab mission.



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