Faculty Educator of the Month: February 2010

Dr. Mong-Hong Lee

Dr. Mong-Hong Lee, Associate Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology and faculty member at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS), has been named the February 2010 Faculty Educator of the Month.

For more than a decade, Dr. Lee has been a key contributor to the education of trainees at MD Anderson and the GSBS in a variety of ways. For example, at the GSBS, he has been the course coordinator for the Molecular Genetics of Human Cancer seminar since 2006 and an instructor for the Cancer Cell Signaling course since 2000. Furthermore, Dr. Lee has been a member of the MD Anderson Genes and Development Program National Institutes of Health training grant since 1998. He also is a member of the executive committee of the Cancer Biology Graduate Program, assisting various program education activities.

Previously, Dr. Lee was an instructor for three other courses at the GSBS. In addition, he participated in the training grant for the MD Anderson Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Program from 1998 to 2002.

Dr. Lee has had a wealth of direct interaction with trainees throughout his career. Specifically, he has directly supervised 40 graduate students, 12 clinical residents and fellows, 12 undergraduate and Allied Health students, 9 postdoctoral research fellows, and 1 medical student. Furthermore, he has chaired or served on 71 examining committees, 67 advisory committees, and 39 supervisory committees.

Dr. LeeIn addition, Dr. Lee is a co-chair for the Ph.D. Candidacy Exam Coordination Committee of the Genes and Development Program, organizer of the MD Anderson p53/Mdm2 Journal Club, co-organizer of the student and postdoctoral talk series in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology, and a mentor for the UT-TORCH training grant at The University of Texas Dental Branch at Houston. He has also been organizer and host of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology Seminar Series (2000-2004) and a reviewer for student admissions for the Genes and Development and Cancer Biology programs at the GSBS (2000-2003).

Dr. Lee’s educational experience extends to service as a judge for four poster and seminar presentations within MD Anderson and as a speaker or presenter at a long list of meetings and conferences outside the institution.

MD Anderson and the GSBS have well recognized Dr. Lee’s educational efforts. Most recently, in 2009, he received the John P. McGovern Teaching Award, which is given annually to a faculty member at MD Anderson and/or the GSBS. Also, he received the MD Anderson Outstanding Educator Award in 2003. Additionally, Dr. Lee has been honored for his research activities, led by the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation Research Award (2001), Fleming and Davenport Research Award (2001), and William G. McGowan Foundation Research Award (1998).

In 1993, Dr. Lee received his Ph.D. degree in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology from the University of Pittsburgh, where he received the Stanton C. Crawford Award for teaching excellence. He then went on to complete a postdoctoral fellowship while serving as a research associate at Howard Hughes Medical Institute and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center (1993-1997).

After completing his fellowship, Dr. Lee came to MD Anderson in 1997 as an Assistant Professor (tenure track) in the departments of Surgical Oncology and Tumor Biology. He was promoted to his current position of Associate Professor (tenured) in 2004.

During his time at MD Anderson, Dr. Lee has been the principal investigator or a co-principal investigator for nine funded research projects. He also has been a grant reviewer for several funding agencies. Furthermore, he co-owns three patents (one pending).

Currently, Dr. Lee is an ad hoc reviewer for 22 journals. He also has been a guest editor for the journal Breast Diseases. Over the course of his career, Dr. Lee has authored more than 50 articles published in peer-reviewed journals, 4 book chapters, and 3 invited articles.