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Wonjae Lee

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery
3 Genome Ct. MSRB3 Rm-5138, Box 3807, Durham, NC 27710
3 Genome Ct. MSRB3 Rm-5138, Box 3807, Durham, NC 27710


Wonjae Lee, PhD, comes to Duke from Stanford University, where his research focused on engineering central nervous system disease models.

A basic scientist, Lee is developing innovative ways to reconstruct the structural and functional integrity in the neurovascular unit in microfluidic chips. His models are used to answer how vasculatures mediate the geno-pheno-enviro relationship to develop personalized therapeutic strategies.

Lee received his PhD in mechanical engineering from Stanford, where his dissertation explored tissue engineering. He completed his bachelor’s degree at Pohang University of Science and Technology in South Korea.

During his time at Stanford, Lee received a Career Development Award (K25) from the National Cancer Institute.

Current Appointments & Affiliations

Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery · 2022 - Present Neurosurgery, Neurosurgery
Assistant Professor of Neurobiology · 2022 - Present Neurobiology, Basic Science Departments
Faculty Network Member of the Duke Institute for Brain Sciences · 2023 - Present Duke Institute for Brain Sciences, University Institutes and Centers
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute · 2023 - Present Duke Cancer Institute, Institutes and Centers

Education, Training & Certifications

Stanford University · 2010 Ph.D.