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Pei-Chih Lee, Ph.D.

Research Specialist
B.S. and M.S., National Taiwan University; Ph.D., Northwestern University
Pei-Chih Lee is a research specialist at the Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute's (SCBI) Center for Species Survival. Lee’s research includes both basic and applied reproductive biology, focusing on feline species. Using the domestic cat model, she is developing a more economical preservation technique that allows gametes and tissues to be stored without the need of liquid nitrogen.
Along with her collaborators, Lee has successfully demonstrated the potential of applying microwave-assisted drying technique to the preservation of the germinal vesicles of cat oocytes. Her work on the molecular regulation of cat oogenesis provided unique insight for the understanding and future evaluation of assisted reproduction techniques of felids. She is a member of Society for the Study of Reproduction and takes an active role on its trainee committee.
Lee earned her bachelor's degree in zoology and Master of Science degree in molecular medicine from National Taiwan University. She earned her doctorate in molecular biosciences from Northwestern University. She joined SCBI as a post-doctoral researcher in 2012, where she worked alongside Pierre Comizzoli to apply her expertise in molecular biology to the study of feline reproduction.