Lee Lab Members

Dr. Kelvin Lee
I came to RPCI from University of Miami Medical School/Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center. I earned my medical degree at the University of Michigan (UM) Medical School, Ann Arbor, and completed residency training at the University of Colorado, Denver.

Residency training was followed by a clinical fellowship at the UM Medical School and a research fellowship at the UM Howard Hughes Medical Institute. I am a Diplomate of the American Board of Internal Medicine.

Louise Carlson
I started in science over 20 years ago while attending the University of Washington (Go Dawgs) and then going on to work for 5 years at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center where I learned the basics to almost every technique I use today. I left the beautiful Northwest for what was supposed to be a couple of years and headed off to Ann Arbor Michigan to work at the University of Michigan and the dreaded Wolverines.

After 5 very productive and fun years at Michigan learning all about chicken B cells I decided to head back to Washington but ended up in Washington DC instead. (Never could keep those 2 straight) I entered the realm of the NIH and for 6 years worked on several different projects and learned everything you could want to know about NF-Kb (and then some). After spending my whole life above the 35th parallel I decided it was time to try living some place warm and sunny. I moved to Miami Florida and worked for 7 years at the University of Miami. For those of you who know college football, it was the University of Washington that ended the Miami Hurricanes 52 home game winning streak (Go Dawgs). While in Miami I learned more then I ever wanted to know about Tropical weather and hurricanes. You know you live in Florida when the National Hurricane weather site is marked as one of your favorites. Because you can only take so much sun and hot weather we moved to Buffalo and now I am learning all about “weather events” or as the normal person would call them “snow storms." We have yet to lose our roof during a “weather event” so I think we are still doing better then living through hurricanes.

Through my many years in labs I have worked with many different people ranging from high school students to medical fellows and have hopefully helped to train them into becoming successful scientists or at least some one you can trust to not burn the lab down. As the senior tech in the lab I do all sorts of things from ordering supplies to doing experiments. Mostly I try to keep things together so the lab can function. We have probably the largest and most extensive music CD selection around (which before MP3 players use to be impressive). Now I guess it just shows my age. We have a good group of people in our lab, on our floor and in the department. The one thing that everyone told me when we moved to Buffalo is that people like to party here and they weren’t kidding.

Dave Hoekstra
Born and bred in the city of good neighbors, I’ve tinkered with science my entire life in some form or another. My studies led me to SUNY Geneseo where I earned a BS in Biology and developed an interest for Cancer and Immunology research.

During my time there, Dr. Lee visited and gave a seminar presentation on the research projects of his lab and of the department. While very interested in the science, it was the pizza and chicken wings that he brought from the Anchor Bar that convinced me I was destined to go to Roswell.

When not in the lab you can find me drowning my sorrows as a Bills and Sabres fan at any one of the good watering holes here in Buffalo, or reliving the glory days by playing Tecmo Super Bowl on the NES. While new to the lab, I know that many good times are ahead, and I look forward to all the adventures that are innate to the Lee lab. I love lamp.

Jayakumar Nair
I was born in Kerala in India. After completing my BSc in Agriculture from Tamilnadu agricultural university, India, I did my MSc in Plant molecular biology at the same university where we discovered new RAPD and isozyme markers for the early detection of sesamum phyllody – a disease caused by mycoplasma-like-organism.

I did my PhD in Molecular Microbiology at the School of Biotechnology, Madurai Kamaraj University, India. We cloned and sequenced a large gene cluster involved in antibiotic resistance, and characterized a metabolite involved in anti-fungal activity in the bio-pesticidal organism Bacillus thuringiensis.

I also isolated and characterized 2 new organisms that I found associated with coffee roots, and developed one of them as a potential carrier for transgenic expression of insecticidal proteins in the root zone of plants. After successfully finishing my PhD, I took a risk and moved to Roswell. In my first lab here we discovered the sub-mitochondrial location of a protein involved in drug resistance in T-lymphoblastic leukemia. After a brief stint in Cancer Genetics, I am now very happy to be working on multiple myeloma with Dr. Kelvin Lee.