Robert W. Lee, Adjunct, Department of Biology, Dalhousie University,

1355 Oxford Street, Halifax, Nova Scotia, B3H 4R2, Canada

tel: 902-494-2554, fax: 902-494-3736, email:

Studies on Polytomella: A genus of colorless green algae.



Dr. Lee’s current research is focused on the colorless nonphotosynthetic green algal genus Polytomella. These unicellular algae are closely related to the model green alga, Chlamydomonas reinhardtii. He is interested in all aspects of Polytomella biology but especially its evolution, physiology and biogeography. He and Dr. David Smith, a past PhD student from the Lee lab, recently reported evidence that the Polytomella plastid has lost its genome (Smith & Lee 2014). This paper was highlighted by different news media, including Science, The Scientist, and Nature Reviews Genetics.


Current Position


Following retirement in June 2007 from his Professor position in the Department of Biology, Dr. Lee was appointed Adjunct (Faculty of Graduate Studies) through June 2012 and later this was extended through June 2017. The Adjunct position enables him to maintain research work and supervise students. He is open to supervising Honours BSc students but is no longer accepting new graduate students or postdoctoral fellows.