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Rachel Lee

  • PhD, Physics
  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • University of Maryland School of Medicine
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I am fascinated by dynamic biological systems. The way cells, tissues, and molecules move under a microscope was the focus of my doctoral thesis and continues to be a theme in my postdoctoral research. I am currently focused on how groups of cells move together during the process of breast cancer metastasis, and I am also an active collaborator in research on cytoskeletal proteins, circulating tumor cells, and extracellular environments. My educational background in engineering and physics gives me the perspective and skills to quantitatively analyze complex biological systems. My experience collaborating with biological researchers and clinicians has taught me the importance of cross-disciplinary teams in tackling bioscience questions. I enjoy making connections between experimental science and computational data analysis to further our understanding of biological problems.

Recent publications

  • Dynamics phenotyping across length and time scales in collective cell migration

    • Lee R
    • Losert W
  • Single cell tracking of breast cancer cells enables highly accurate prediction of sphere formation using only early doubling information

    • Bailey P
    • Lee R
    • Vitolo M
    • et al.

Professional experience

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of Maryland School of Medicine

February 2017 - Present

Postdoctoral Associate

University of Maryland at College Park Institute for Physical Science and Technology

September 2016 - Present

Special Volunteer

National Cancer Institute

June 2011 - April 2017(6 years)


Doctor of Philosophy, Physics

Department of Physics, University of Maryland

August 2010 - August 2016(6 years)

Bachelor of Science, Chemical Engineering

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

August 2005 - May 2010(5 years)

Bachelor of Science, Physics

University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

August 2005 - May 2010(5 years)

Other profiles

Personal website


Co-authors (45)