607 S Mathews Ave.
Urbana, IL 61801
Katharine MN Lee is a biological anthropologist and engineer studying women's health using theoretical perspectives derived from feminist biology and anthropology. She completed her PhD in Anthropology with a graduate minor in Gender and Women's Studies and a certificate in Science Communication in summer 2020. Katharine earned her Bachelor’s of Science degree in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University and her Master’s of Science in Business Administration from Texas A&M – Texarkana as part of a fellowship with the Department of Defense. She has worked as an engineer at the Center for Military Biomechanics Research at Natick Soldier Systems Center and the Biophysics and Biomedical Modeling Division of the U.S. Army Research Institute of Environmental Medicine. Her two main research projects while at UIUC focused on bone health in adult women and the experiences of underrepresented groups in STEM. Working with Polish and Polish-American women, the first project focused on how physical activity and reproductive hormones across the lifespan affect bone in healthy adult premenopausal women. The second project interrogated how identity – gender, sex, sexual orientation, race, ability, and religion – interacts with experiences of hostile work climate and harassment for people in astronomy and planetary sciences. Katharine works to combine her experience in engineering to optimize data collection and manipulation techniques with anthropology to situate that data in complex social and historical contexts. Her dissertation research was supported by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the American Philosophical Society, and multiple internal UIUC funding mechanisms.
I am interested in bone health in women of reproductive age. I focus on how physical activity and estrogen interact to affect bone in healthy adult women. I measure both bone density (which changes slowly) and biological markers of bone turnover. Bone is broken down and rebuilt all the time in order to keep it healthy, and the bone turnover markers allow me to see how much building and dissolving is happening at the present time in women. Overall, my goal is to understand how normal women maintain their bones during their entire life.
Tulane University: B.S. Biomedical Engineering
Texas A&M - Texarkana: M.S. Business Administration
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: PhD Anthropology
NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program
NSF Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant, "Life history tradeoffs affecting bone maintenance and development in premenopausal Polish and Polish-American women"
Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Dissertation Fieldwork Grant "Life history tradeoffs affecting bone maintenance and development in premenopausal Polish and Polish-American women"
- 2020 Lee, Katharine MN; Rogers, Mary P; Galbarczyk, Andrzej; Jasienska, Grazyna; Clancy, Kathryn BH. “Bone density and frame size in adult women: effects of body size, habitual use, and life history.” Am J Hum Biol. (Special Issue on Biocultural Approaches to the Plasticity of the Human Skeleton).
- 2020 Rogers, Mary P; Lee, Katharine MN; Galbarczyk, Andrzej; Klimek, Magdalena; Klein, Laura; Zabłocka-Słowinska, Katarzyna; Jasienska, Grazyna; Clancy, Kathryn. “Declining ages at menarche in an agrarian rural region of Poland.” Am J Hum Biol. vol 32(3). doi:10.1002/ajhb.23362
- 2019 Richey, Christina Rae; Lee, Katharine MN; Rodgers, Erica; Clancy, Kathryn BH. “Gender and sexual minorities in astronomy and planetary science face increased risks of harassment and assault.” Bulletin of the American Astronomical Society.
- 2019 Lee, Katharine MN; Rogers, Mary P; Galbarczyk, Andrzej; Jasienska, Grazyna; Clancy, Kathryn BH. “Physical activity in women of reproductive age in a transitioning rural Polish population.” Am J Hum Biol. 31(3):e23231.doi: 10.1002/ajhb.23231
- 2017 Clancy, Kathryn BH; Lee, Katharine MN; Rodgers, Erica; Richey, Christina Rae. “Double jeopardy in astronomy and planetary science: women of color face greater risks of gendered and racial harassment.” J. Geophys. Res. Planets, 122, doi:10.1002/2017JE005256.