Elaine Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor, Medical Sciences & Education

Elaine Lee
72 East Concord Street


Dr. Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medical Sciences and Education and the Grant Strategist at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. She received a BS in Bioengineering from Rice University and earned her PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University. She also was an American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellow and a Ruth L. Kirschstein NRSA Postdoctoral Research Fellow. Her research focused on cardiovascular biomaterials and tissue engineering.

Dr. Lee has over two decades of experience in writing and editing scientific texts for a wide variety of audiences. As an undergraduate, she was the technical editor for the introductory-level textbook Bioengineering Fundamentals (Prentice Hall 2006) and worked in the Scientific Publications Department at the Texas Heart Institute editing clinical manuscripts. She has also helped numerous faculty develop their proposals, as well as helped a few organizations secure SBIR funding.

Dr. Lee’s role in the Proposal Development Office is to guide new faculty and faculty with English-language difficulties in developing and writing their first grant submissions. Dr. Lee’s intent is to help investigators learn to distill high-level scientific research into clear and concise concepts for audiences with diverse backgrounds. In today’s uncertain funding environment, there is no room for permitting people untrained in scientific rigor to misconstrue the true importance and potential contributions of the research community at the Chobanian and Avedisian School of Medicine. Since joining the Proposal Development Office in 2017 and as of September 2023, she has helped new faculty and faculty with English-language difficulties obtain over $54 million in total funds requested.


  • Case Western Reserve University, PhD
  • Case Western Reserve University, MS
  • Rice University, BS


  • Published on 8/19/2015

    Lee EL, Bendre HH, Kalmykov A, Wong JY. Surface modification of uniaxial cyclic strain cell culture platform with temperature-responsive polymer for cell sheet detachment. J Mater Chem B. 2015 Oct 28; 3(40):7899-7902. PMID: 26660468.

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  • Published on 12/17/2014

    Roberts EG, Lee EL, Backman D, Buczek-Thomas JA, Emani S, Wong JY. Engineering myocardial tissue patches with hierarchical structure-function. Ann Biomed Eng. 2015 Mar; 43(3):762-73. PMID: 25515314.

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  • Published on 1/1/2014

    Lee EL, Wong JY. Bio-Inspired Materials for Biomedical Engineering (section ed Magin Kirschner CM, Brennan A). Biomaterials for cardiovascular tissue engineering. John Wiley and Sons, Inc. Marblehead. 2014.

  • Published on 1/1/2012

    Lee EL, Watson KC, von Recum HA. Contractile protein and extracellular matrix secretion of cell monolayer sheets following cyclic stretch. Cardiovasc Eng Technol. 2012; 3:302-10.

  • Published on 1/1/2012

    Lee EL, von Recum HA. CRC’s Biomedical Engineering Handbook (section ed Fisher JP, Mikos AG). Mechanical conditioning. CRC Press. Boca Raton. 2012.

  • Published on 5/1/2010

    Lee EL, von Recum HA. Cell culture platform with mechanical conditioning and nondamaging cellular detachment. J Biomed Mater Res A. 2010 May; 93(2):411-8. PMID: 20358641.

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  • Published on 7/1/2009

    Khalil HA, Metcalfe RW, Kleis SJ, Lee EL, Gilbert NL, Kerr DT, Frazier OH, Cohn WE. Flow visualization techniques in a mock ventricle supported by a nonpulsatile left ventricular assist device. ASAIO J. 2009 Jul-Aug; 55(4):323-7. PMID: 19512887.

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  • Published on 7/14/2008

    Gupta V, Barzilla JE, Mendez JS, Stephens EH, Lee EL, Collard CD, Laucirica R, Weigel PH, Grande-Allen KJ. Abundance and location of proteoglycans and hyaluronan within normal and myxomatous mitral valves. Cardiovasc Pathol. 2009 Jul-Aug; 18(4):191-7. PMID: 18621549.

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  • Published on 9/12/2007

    Blevins TL, Peterson SB, Lee EL, Bailey AM, Frederick JD, Huynh TN, Gupta V, Grande-Allen KJ. Mitral valvular interstitial cells demonstrate regional, adhesional, and synthetic heterogeneity. Cells Tissues Organs. 2008; 187(2):113-22. PMID: 17851228.

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