About Rob

Robert J. Lee has a BS (Molecular Biology, 2003) from the University of Pittsburgh and PhD (Cell and Molecular Biology, 2008) from Penn.  Rob's graduate work in Kevin Foskett's lab at the University of Pennsylvania focused on lung physiology and cystic fibrosis (CF).  He studied how mouse, pig, and human submucosal exocrine gland cells secrete the fluid that lines and hydrates the surface of the airway. They identified key molecular components of this process as well ways to potentially enhance fluid secretion in CF lungs.
Rob's postdoctoral work in Noam Cohen's lab at the University of Pennsylvania focused on the cells of the upper airway (nose and sinuses).  They discovered that upper airway cells use taste receptors to detect chemical signals secreted by bacteria as a way of sensing and responding to infections.  Genetic variation in these receptors contributes to susceptiblity to upper respiratory infections as well as the chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS).

Rob is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Otorhinolaryngology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, with a secondary appointment in the Department of Physiology.  

Rob lives in a suburb of Philadelphia with a wonderful wife and son and a cockapoo puppy who solves mysteries in her spare time.  Some of Rob's other favorite things include microscope filters, hoppy IPAs, wheated bourbon, smokey Scotch, spicy rye, Stax/Volt Memphis soul, salt & water transport, Kohler illumination, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Led Zeppelin.  Some of Rob's least favorite things include sanding drywall, weeding, beets, and accidentally tasting the denatonium benzoate.               

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