Christine Lee


Christine received her Ph.D. in 2010 from the Civil and Environmental Engineering (CEE) Department at UCLA and B.S. in 2006 from Chemical Engineering Department with a minor in English as an undergraduate, also at UCLA. She is currently working as a postdoctoral research scientist at the Caltech-Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, CA. Christine's graduate research involved the development of a rapid, field-portable detection method for assessing water quality and pollution (namely E. coli, enterococci, and Bacteroides). Christine has conducted field work in Bangladesh, Tanzania, and Antarctica. As a postdoc, she has been working on numerous projects including microbial analysis on samples from Mt Kilimanjaro glaciers and from the soils from the Dry Valleys in Antarctica. She is also currently working on a project for the Department of Homeland Security to develop/validate a molecular method for viable pathogen assessment and a project in which she investigates spore inactivation under simulated Europan environments. Christine happily joined the Switzer Fellows Network in 2008-09. Christine has actively directed or participated in local and international engineering-service related humanitarian projects for Engineers without Borders for over five years and looks forward to finding new ways to apply her technical background in a way that helps address environmental or societal issues.

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Scientific Applications Engineer, Associate Program Manager, NASA Water Resources
California Institute of Technology - Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Engineering, Chemistry, Toxicology
Water Resources
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