Katharine Marie Lee

 Katharine Lee

Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
607 S Mathews Ave.
M/C 148
Urbana, IL 61801
Biological Anthropology
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Research Description

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.

Education

  • Tulane University: B.S. Biomedical Engineering
  • Texas A&M - Texarkana: M.S. Business Administration

Grants

  • 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"