When Virginia Man-Yee Lee., Ph.D., was growing up in Hong Kong in the 1950s and 1960s, her parents had certain expectations for their daughter that did not include a career in academics and especially science. But Lee felt an inescapable pull to science. Challenging stereotypes at the time of what a Chinese woman could accomplish, she became a leading researcher of Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases. In this film, Lee recounts her inspiring journey made possible by her determination, positive outlook, resilience, and hard work.
Virginia Man-Yee Lee, Ph.D., is the John H. Ware 3rd Endowed Professor in Alzheimer’s Research at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine and Director of the Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research. Lee’s research focuses on disease proteins that form pathological inclusions in hereditary and sporadic Alzheimer’s disease (AD), Parkinson’s disease (PD), frontotemporal lobar… Continue Reading