Lee Lab

Lee, Juneyoung

Juneyoung Lee, PhD – Assistant Professor

Education & Training
 Computational Biology and Medical Science, The University of Tokyo – Tokyo, Japan

Areas of Interest
Clinical interests: aging, ischemic stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, loneliness and social isolation
Research interests: neuro-immune interactions, host-microbe interactions, inter-organ communication, host metabolism, and bacteriotherapy

Dr. Lee’s Laboratory of Neuro-Mucosal Immunology explores (1) neuro-immune interactions, (2) host-microbe interactions, (3) inter-organ communication and (4) host metabolism. Specifically, these interdisciplinary studies include investigating the bidirectional communication between the brain, host mucosal tissues (e.g., gastrointestinal, respiratory and urogenital tracts) and metabolic tissues (e.g., liver and adipose tissues) in the context of age-related neurological diseases and psychosocial stress. The Lee Laboratory aims to interrogate the unknown mechanisms and target dysregulation in diseases with the goal of identifying novel therapeutic options by utilizing state-of-art techniques for metagenomics (e.g., microbiome), metabolomics and flow cytometry. Very recently, the Lee Laboratory has also established two experimental platforms within the laboratory for translational and innovative research: (1) patient induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)-derived organoids and assembloids and (2) single-cell and spatial transcriptomics and related key instruments for single-cell RNA sequencing study.

Anik Banerjee – GSBS Graduate Student Research Assistant

Education & Training
Chemistry (Biological Track), Texas A&M University – College Station, TX (2019)
MS Biomedical Sciences, University of Texas Health Center at Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences – Houston, TX (2021)
PhD Immunology, University of Texas Health Center at Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences – Houston, TX (2021-Present)

Areas of Interest 
Research interests: gut microbiota-immune-brain axis, therapeutic manipulations of the microbiome in neurodegenerative and neurophysiological diseases
Clinical interests: neurology and neurosurgery

-Neuroscience Program, Department of Neurology – MD Anderson UTHealth GSBS – Houston, TX (August 2021-present)
Mentors: Dr. Louise McCullough, MD/PhD and Dr. Juneyoung Lee, PhD
“The Detrimental Effects of Social Isolation toward the Microbiome and Host Metabolism”

Hobbies & Interests 
Painting, dogs, cars, bicycling and running

Visiting Students

Dillan Patel

Education & Training
BS Neuroscience, Rice University – Houston, TX (2022-Present)
EMT Rice University Emergency Medical Services (Aug. 2023)






Research Assistants 

Euan Zhang

Education & Training
BS Music Technology, Northeastern University – Boston, MA (2022)
EMT Texas Department of State Health Services (Aug. 2022)