Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Women's Health
John A. Burns School of Medicine
Dr. Lee’s special interests include maternal stress during pregnancy, glucocorticoid effects on fetal development, social determinants of health and disease, epigenetics, placental biology, and the pregnancy microbiome.
The interaction of the human microbiome on normal pregnancy and adverse pregnancy outcomes is poorly understood. However, the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at JABSOM has provided the clinical infrastructure for recruiting pregnant subjects and collection of pregnancy-related tissues for research which is housed in the Hawaii Biospecimen Repository (HiBR) and is poised to perform future collections in collaboration with other C-MĀIKI team members. As a practicing Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialist who has also completed a postdoctoral K-award training in basic science research, I am able to provide clinical and translational expertise for pregnancy-related research to promote team science.
IMPACT TO HAWAII
The human microbiome is known to vary by geography, ethnic groups, trimester of pregnancy, and diet/nutrition. Our research will help to clarify the interactions between these cultural factors to identify potentially modifiable risk factors which can be targeted to improve pregnancy outcomes.