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Lee, Justin (Kun Ho)

Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics
3313 Bio Engineering Facility
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824
(517) 884-6971




Justin Lee is a third-year PhD student in the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics department. As a member of the Hardy lab, he is interested in prenatal infection and its effect on neurodevelopment during pregnancy. Numerous epidemiological studies have shown correlations between prenatal infection and neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder in the offspring of the pregnancy. He graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biotechnology and Biological Sciences, respectively. As his master’s thesis, he investigated microbiological quality and microbial diversity of packaged ice in southern California. Outside of the lab, he enjoys watching basketball and playing volleyball.


  1. Lee K., L. Ab Samad, P. Lwin, S. Riedel, A. Magin, M. Bashir, P. Vaishapayan, and W.J. Lin. 2017. On the rock: Microbiological Quality and Microbial Diversity of Packaged Ice in Southern California. Journal of Food Protection. 80(6):1041-1049

Poster presentations:

  1. MMPC Annual meeting, 2019 – Listeria monocytogenes Infection During Pregnancy Alters Gene Expression in the Fetal Mouse Brain