C. B. Alvin Lee, PhD
Director of the Center for Processing Innovation & Associate Professor of Food Science and Nutrition
Institute for Food Safety and Health (IFSH)
Illinois Institute of Technology
Dr. Alvin Lee, Center Director and Research Associate Professor of Biology, is a microbiologist and virologist with more than 15 years research experience with a PhD from RMIT University, Australia in Biotechnology and Applied Biology (1998). Dr. Lee currently leads IFSH Center for Processing Innovation and co-leads the joint IFSH/FDA Microbiology Research Platform on food safety and defense related projects. Dr. Lee also manages the IFSH BSL-3 laboratory and pilot plant. Current research support includes funding from USDA, US FDA, National Center for Food Protection and Defense (NCFPD), Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and various industry contracts.
Dr. Lee has served on a number of industry advisory boards and technical panels and has more than 30 publications and 50 conference presentations. He is also an instructor for food microbiology in the IIT’s Masters of Science program and has previously mentored more than 20 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows. Dr Lee is a active member of the American Society for Microbiology, International Association for Food Protection and Institute of Food Technologists and the Australian Society for Microbiology.
Before joining IFSH in 2007, Dr. Lee was a Senior Research Scientist at CSIRO-Food Science Australia (now CSIRO Food and Nutritional Sciences) (1999 – 2007), served as an adjunct lecturer at RMIT University and University of Melbourne and was the Victorian State Branch Chair of the Australian Society for Microbiology.