Dr Melissa Lee
Dr Melissa Lee is an early career clinician-researcher working full-time clinically as a Cardiology registrar at the Royal Melbourne Hospital (RMH). She holds academic appointments as an Honorary Fellow at the Murdoch Children's Research Institute (MCRI) and as an Honorary Senior Fellow at the Department of Paediatrics and at the Department of Medicine (RMH), University of Melbourne.
Dr Lee has a strong interest in adult congenital heart disease in both clinical and academic respects. Her main research focus is in aortic arch obstruction, particularly, coarctation of the aorta. She completed a NHMRC and Heart Foundation funded PhD exploring the long-term outcomes of patients with coarctation of the aorta, and continues to lead a long and in-depth line of research in this area. She has also led the establishment of the Aortic Arch Biobank at MCRI to further evaluate the genetics of aortic arch conditions.
Dr Lee has received a number of awards including a 2020 Premier's Award for Health and Medical Research (Clinical Researcher) and currently holds funding from the Medical Research Future Fund (MRFF).