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Rachel Lee, PhD

Academic Title:

Post Doc Fellow

Primary Appointment:

Program in Oncology


655 W. Baltimore Street, BRB 1020

Education and Training

Doctor of Philosophy, Physics
University of Maryland, College Park
August 2016

Bachelor of Science, Physics
Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering
Minor, Mathematics
University of Arkansas, Fayetteville
May 2010, Summa Cum Laude

Highlighted Publications

R. M. Lee, H. Yue, W.-J. Rappel, and W. Losert. Inferring single-cell behaviour from large-scale epithelial sheet migration patterns. Journal of The Royal Society Interface, 14(130):20170147, 2017. doi:10.1098/rsif.2017.0147 

R. M. Lee, C. H. Stuelten, C. A. Parent, and W. Losert. Collective cell migration over long time scales reveals distinct phenotypes. Convergent Science Physical Oncology, 2:025001, 2016. doi:10.1088/2057-1739/2/2/025001

R. M. Lee, D. H. Kelley, K. N. Nordstrom, N. T. Ouellette, and W. Losert. Quantifying stretching and rearrangement in epithelial sheet migration. New Journal of Physics, 15(2):025036, 2013. doi:10.1088/1367-2630/15/2/025036

Additional Publication Citations

S. J. Pratt, E. O. Hernández-Ochoa, R. M. Lee, E. C. Ory, J. S. Lyons, H. C. Joca, A. Johnson, K. Thompson, P. Bailey, C. J. Lee, T. Mathias, M. I. Vitolo, M. Trudeau, J. P. Stains, C. W. Ward, M. F. Schneider, and S. S. Martin. Real-time scratch assay reveals mechanisms of early calcium signaling in breast cancer cells in response to wounding. Oncotarget, 9:25008-25024, 2018. doi:10.18632/oncotarget.25186

C. H. Stuelten, R. M. Lee, W. Losert, and C. A. Parent. Lysophosphatidic acid regulates the motility of MCF10CA1a breast cancer cell sheets via two opposing signaling pathways. Cellular Signalling, 45, 2018. doi:10.1016/j.cellsig.2018.01.005

Y. Zhang, G. Xu, R. M. Lee, Z. Zhu, J. Wu, S. Liao, G. Zhang, Y. Sun, A. Mogilner, W. Losert, T. Pan, F. Lin, Z. Xu, and M. Zhao. Collective cell migration has distinct directionality and speed dynamics. Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences, 74(20):3841:3850, 2017. doi:10.1007/s00018-017-2553-6

D. Fologea, E. Krueger, R. Al Faori, R. M. Lee, Y. I. Mazur, R. Henry, M. Arnold, and G. J. Salamo. Multivalent ions control the transport through lysenin channels. Biophysical chemistry, 152(1-3):40-45, Nov. 2010. doi:10.1016/j.bpc.2010.07.004

D. Fologea, E. Krueger, R. M. Lee, M. Naglak, Y. I. Mazur, R. Henry, and G. J. Salamo. Controlled gating of lysenin pores. Biophysical chemistry, 146(1):25-29, Jan. 2010. doi:10.1016/j.bpc.2009.09.014

W. R. Penney, R. M. Lee, M. E. Magie, and E. C. Clausen. Design projects in undergraduate heat transfer: Six examples from the fall 2007 course at the University of Arkansas. Proceedings of the 2007 Midwest Section Conference of the American Society for Engineering Education, 2007

Links of Interest

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ORCiD: 0000-0001-9359-0422