Jiyoung Lee, PhD


Environmental Health Sciences

Director, Ecology Epidemiology and Population Health Program, Infectious Disease Institute
Comprehensive Cancer Center

Jiyoung Lee, PhD

My mission is "To create and sustain healthy environments for people worldwide". At Ohio State, I feel much fortunate that my life mission, career vision and what I have been doing with my lab and interdisciplinary teams are well aligned, and we contribute to improving and protecting environmental and human health.


1841 Neil Ave.
406 Cunz Hall
Columbus, OH, 43210
Email: lee.3598@osu.edu
Phone: 614-292-5546
Website: https://twitter.com/EMOHL_OSU

My main theme of research is contamination of pathogens and microbe-derived metabolites (cyanotoxins) in environmental matrices that leads to direct human exposures and its linkage to health risks. I am focusing on microbial transmission dynamics, emerging exposure pathways, interactions within microbial community and with hosts in multi-temporal and spatial scales. My Environmental Microbiology and One Health Lab (EMOHL) has focused on One Health & One Water paradigm for solving the pathogen and antibiotic resistance problems. My research team use an interdisciplinary approach, including microbial source tracking, metagenomics, epidemiology, and geospatial tools.  The main research topics in my lab are as follows;

  • Heath risks from cyanotoxin exposure (liver disease, cancer, neurodegenerative diseases)
  • Impact of environmental exposure on microbiome & resistome
  • Cyanobacteria, cyanophage and toxin ecology
  • Water-food-climate nexus: Ecology of emerging infectious diseases
  • Sustainable intervention of pathogen and antimicrobial resistance spread
  • Wastewater-based epidemiology of COVID-19