Dr. Chi-Hon Lee is a senior investigator and the head of the section on Neuronal Connectivity, a position he has held since 2002. His group combines behavioral, imaging, and molecular genetic approaches to study visual circuit development and function in Drosophilia. His group has elucidated the molecular mechanisms controlling layer-specific targeting and tiling of photoreceptor axons. His group pioneered in mapping Drosophila visual circuits and identified a neuronal pooling mechanism mediated by amacrine neurons for detecting dim light.
Dr. Lee received his M.D. degree from China Medical College, Taiwan and his Ph.D. degree in Biophysics from the Rockefeller University, where he used structural approaches to study cellular signal transduction. During his postdoctoral training as a Life Sciences Research Foundation fellow at UCLA, he studied visual system development. In 2002, he joined NICHD as an Investigator in the laboratory of Gene Regulation and Development. He received NIH director’s award in 2008 and tenure in 2009.