Assistant Professor of Surgery
Division of Cardiac Surgery

Lee Peter 720x840Peter.Lee@osumc.edu
614-293-4558

Assistant
Michelle.Keith@osumc.edu

Dr. Lee is a practicing cardiothoracic surgery with a specific interest in heart and lung transplantation and the surgical treatment of end-stage heart failure. His laboratory research interests including the application of tissue-engineered constructs to understand mechanisms of muscle atrophy and heart failure, and to use these tissues to deliver therapeutic proteins.

Education
  • MD: Brown University, Providence, RI
  • PhD: Brown University, Providence, RI, Pathobiology
  • MPH: Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • MS: The International Space University, Strasbourg, France, Space Studies
  • Residency: St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Tufts University, Boston, General Surgery Residency
  • Residency: UCLA, Los Angeles, Cardiothoracic Surgery Residency
  • Fellowship: Stanford University, Heart/lung transplant and LVAD Fellowship

Research Interests
  • Muscle atrophy
  • Heart failure
  • Space biology
  • Tissue engineering
  • Biomarkers
  • In 2016, Dr. Lee was awarded a research grant from the National Aeronautical and Space Administration (NASA) for his study entitled “Microgravity sensing in tissue engineered muscle.” This project is in response of a call from NASA to U.S. institutions of higher education to develop an undergraduate-led project team that will fly a science and/or technology payload relevant to NASA's strategic goals and objectives on a suborbital reusable launch vehicle. Dr. Lee’s project was considered by the NASA reviewers as “…comprehensive with an excellent approach to mentoring, education and outreach. There is a high scientific value to NASA clearly linked to strategic goals.” Dr. Lee was also awarded the prestigious 2016 American College of Surgeons Faculty Research Fellowship.

Current Funding

  • NIH K08 Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development ward (PI):
    “Tissue engineering skeletal muscle delivering a myokine protein to treat volumetric muscle loss”
  • NASA grant (PI):
    “Predictive biomarkers for space radiation induced cancer and cardiovascular injury risk assessment”
  • NASA grant (Co-I):
    “Predictive biomarkers for space radiation induced cancer and cardiovascular injury risk assessment”

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