The R. W. Lee Lab Team

Dr. Robert W. Lee

Robert W. Lee

Dr. Lee obtained both his bachelors and masters degrees in Botany from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst in 1964 and 1966, respectively. His doctoral degree in Cell Biology and Genetics was awarded in 1971 at Stony Brook University. He then did postdoctoral studies at Duke University before taking up a faculty position in the Biology Department at Dalhousie University in 1973. Following retirement on June 30, 2007, from a full time faculty position in the Department of Biology, Dr. Lee was appointed Adjunct Professor for the period July 1, 2007 to June 30, 2012, which will enable him to maintain research work and supervise Honours and Graduate students.
Dr. Lee enjoys many hobbies, including sailing, in his free time; go here to view pictures.
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David R. Smith

David R. Smith

David grew up in Sudbury, Ontario. He moved to Nova Scotia in 2001 to study Biology and Chemistry at Acadia University. In 2005 he graduated from Acadia with Honours in Biology and came to Halifax to pursue his PhD studies in Molecular and Evolutionary Biology at Dalhousie University. David’s research is focused on the forces governing genome evolution, especially the mechanisms which influence genome size, genome conformation, and base composition. He uses mitochondrial genomes as a model for investigating these issues.

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Jimeng Hua

Jimeng Hua

Jimeng was born in Inner Mongolia, China. He obtained both his bachelor's and doctor's degree from Nankai University, China in 2004 and 2009 respectively. During his PhD studies he used the mitochondrial genome as a molecular marker to study insect phylogeny. He joined Prof. Lee's laboratory as postdoctoral fellow in September 2009. He is now studying relative substitution rates in the three genetic compartments of green algae to gain insight into genome evolution.


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