Dr. Kelvin H. Lee




North High School





Dr. Kelvin H. Lee (‘87) – Kelvin H. Lee, an associate professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering at Cornell University and Director of the Cornell Proteomics Program, was recognized in 2002 for his work identifying proteins used to detect mad cow disease in humans. MIT’s “Technology Review” magazine named Lee one of the top 100 brilliant young innovators.

Lee, who graduated from Princeton University and earned his master’s degree and doctorate in chemical engineering from the California Institute of Technology, has credited his experiences at Williamsville North High School with cultivating his interest in the sciences. Today, he is an accomplished research scientist and scholar in the fields of chemical engineering and biomolecular engineering. Currently, his research projects include the identification of molecular markers for the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis and prion diseases.

Author of more than 30 published articles and book chapters, Lee has been the recipient of the DuPont Young Professor Award, the National Science Foundation CAREER Award, the J.P. and Mary Barger ’50 College of Engineering Excellence in Teaching Award, and the Camille Dreyfuss Foundation Teacher-Scholar Award. He serves as a mentor for graduate students and has been a peer reviewer on research proposals for agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation and Department of Energy, as well as many national scientific journals.