top of page

Michael Lee

BSc Chemical Biology, University of California Berkeley


PhD Student in Chemistry (Chemical Biology)

NSF Graduate Research Fellow



9. Lee MC, Landers K, Chan J. Activity-based photoacoustic probes for detection of disease biomarkers beyond oncology. ACS Bio Med Chem Au 2023, 3, 223–232.

8. Lee MC,* Gardner SH,* Tapia Hernandez R, Chan J. Application of AlDeSense to stratify ovarian cancer cells based on aldehyde dehydrogenase 1A1 Activity. JoVE 2023, 193, e64713.

7. East AK, Lee MC, Chang J, Sikander Q, Chan J. Biomimetic approach to promote cellular uptake and enhance photoacoustic properties of tumor-seeking dyes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2023, 145, 7313–7322.

6. Xu JJ, Lucero MY, Herndon NL, Lee MC, Chan J. Comparison of a minimally invasive transthoracic approach and a surgical method for intrapleural injection of tumor cells in mice. Comp. Med. 2023, 73, 1-7.

5. East AK, Lee MC, Smaga LP, Jiang C, Mallojjala SC, Hirschi JS, Chan J. Synthesis of silicon-substituted hemicyanines for multimodal SWIR imaging. Org. Lett. 2022, 24, 8509–8513.


4. Tapia Hernandez R, Lee MC, Yadav AK, Chan J. Repurposing cyanine photo-instability to develop NIR light-activatable nanogels for in vivo cargo delivery. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2022, 144, 18101–18108.

3. Yadav AK,* Lee MC,* Lucero MY, Reinhardt, CJ, Su S, Chan J. NIR bioluminescence probe enables discovery of diet-induced modulation of tumor microenvironment via nitric oxide. ACS Cent. Sci. 2022, 8, 461.

2. Lucero MY, East AK, Reinhardt CJ, Sedgwick AC, Su S, Lee MC, Chan J. Development of NIR-II photoacoustic probes tailored for deep-tissue sensing of nitric oxide. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2021, 143, 7196–7202.

1. Furst AL, Smith MJ, Lee MC, Francis MB. DNA Hybridization To Interface Current-Producing Cells with Electrode Surfaces. ACS Cent. Sci. 2018, 4, 880-884.


Select Awards

5. Drickamer Research Fellowship (2021)

4. G.L. Clark Fellowship (2018)

3. Dhannum Fellowship (2018)

2. UC Berkeley Senior Undergraduate Research Award (2018)

1. NSF Graduate Research Fellowship (2018)

bottom of page