As of November, 2013, the Ellison Medical Foundation is no longer pursuing biomedical grantmaking. Please read our article about their sudden announcement here.
TITLE: Executive Director
FUNDING AREAS: Biomedical research, age-related disorders, and neurological research
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PROFILE: The Ellison Medical Foundation, with offices in New York and Mount Airy, Maryland, is putting serious cash into biomedical research with the intention of finding solutions and cures for elderly people affected by age-related disorders. Behind Ellison's efforts is Kevin J. Lee, a biologist and executive director of the Ellison Medical Foundation.
His foundation bio shares:
Dr. Lee is a graduate of the University of Michigan and received his Ph.D. in biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His career spans over 25 years of research experience in molecular genetics and neurobiology in biotechnology, academic research and not-for-profit settings. He was appointed Executive Director of the Foundation in September 2012, having served as Deputy Executive Director from 2007-2012. Prior to joining the Ellison Medical Foundation, Dr. Lee served as Executive Vice President-Research of Sentigen Biosciences. He was responsible for the start-up and development of this New York City-based biotechnology company leading to its acquisition by Invitrogen Corporation in 2006. He has served as a member of the Scientific Review Board for the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative in New York. Dr. Lee’s scientific research career employed genetic approaches to learn how neurons in the brain are “wired up” during development to make functional circuits that relay sensory information and control behavior. He worked with Dr. Thomas Jessell in the Center for Neurobiology and Behavior at Columbia University, where he studied the specification, axonal projection, and functional connectivity of nerve cells in the spinal cord. He is the recipient of biotechnology patents and is the author of numerous research publications.