Daniel Lee is a junior majoring in neuroscience and is on the premed track at Amherst College. Lee plans on pursuing an MD-PhD after graduation, with plans of becoming a geriatric psychiatrist. He is particularly interested in studying differences in depression, loneliness, and suicide across cultural
and aging contexts. He is currently involved with research studying loneliness in Cambodian Americans.

As a SUMR/GEAR-UP scholar at UPenn, Lee is interning on two projects. The first is under the mentorship of Dr. Rose Onyeali, where they are determining rates of appropriate follow-up care for new medical diagnoses and imaging findings for older incarcerated and formerly incarcerated individuals. He helps quantify this data by using retrospective chart reviews and analyzing the data
using multivariate models.

Lee’s second project is under Dr. Shana Stites’s mentorship, where they analyze the modulating effect of social and structural factors on Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Through cross-sectional and longitudinal analysis of survey data, they will determine how childhood and adulthood exposures modify associations between molecular markers, atrophy, and cognition of AD.

At Amherst College, Lee is Co-President of the Minority Association for Premed Students, Secretary for the Charles Drew Health Professions Society, a group focused on providing mentorship opportunities for pre-health students, and Secretary for the Public Health Collaborative. He is also a member of his college’s on-campus emergency medical services, ACEMS, where he provides basic life support interventions to students, staff, and visitors. Furthermore, as a NAMI Helpline Specialist, Lee offers emotional support to callers and connects them with mental health resources.

During Lee’s free time, he loves spending time with his partner, watching movies, going to museums, and trying new foods.