David Lee, MD, PhD

David Lee, MD, PhD

Faculty Titles
Assistant Professor,
Department of Internal Medicine,
Division of Hematology/Oncology,
Section of Radiation Oncology

Cancer Specialty
Radiation Oncology

Multidisciplinary Team
Breast Cancers, Gastrointestinal Cancers, Head and Neck Cancers, Lung/Esophagus Cancers, Neurological Cancers, Prostate/Renal/Bladder/Testicular Cancers, Soft Tissue/Bone Cancers

Research Program
Cellular and Molecular Oncology

Medical School
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine (2007)

Graduate School
University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine (2005)
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Wiliam Beaumont Hospital (2012) Radiation Oncology

Wiliam Beaumont Hospital (2012) Radiation Oncology

Personal Statement

I am interested in identifying novel molecules and pathways involved in cancer development and progression. I have identified novel proteins with enzymatic activities such as methyltransferases and ubiquitin ligases as potential therapeutic targets. In addition, we have recently identified a putative oncogene for salivary glands of head and neck cancers. We will further characterize this protein and plan to develop targeted therapies against this gene. I have extensive research training in cellular development, angiogenesis, transcription and epigenetics as well as translational research in the areas of animal model development, small animal imaging and irradiation. As a committed physician-scientist, my ultimate goal is to translate basic discoveries in the laboratory to the clinic to improve the outcome of cancer patients.