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Daniel Lee

Program Scientist

Daniel A. Lee is a Program Scientist at Schmidt Futures. In this role, he shares broad responsibility for identifying and supporting innovative research programs, technologies, and people to address pressing issues and advance cutting-edge science.

Dan is a biomedical research scientist with 20 years of experience investigating the biological mechanisms underlying physiology, behavior, and neurodevelopment. He has a record of leading high-impact research with publications in the journals Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, Advanced Materials, eLife, Science Advances, and the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science. His research has been recognized through several awards including the NIH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award, NARSAD Young Investigator Award, and the Sleep Research Society Outstanding Early Investigator Award. Prior to Schmidt Futures, he was a Senior Research Associate at the California Institute of Technology, co-founded and led several not-for-profit groups, and served as a Board Member for the Wiseburn Education Foundation, and the Diversity Leadership Council at the Johns Hopkins University.

Dan holds a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and completed his postdoctoral fellowship in Behavioral Genetics at the California Institute of Technology.