Jennifer Lee


Chesapeake, Virginia

Academic Interests

Computer Science & Economics

Fun Fact

I love making all kinds of home-cooked food and desserts!

From early on, the medical field has always been on my mind. Having anaphylactic food allergies meant that I often found myself wondering exactly why food allergies occur in some and what factors could reduce the chances of having or developing an allergy. These questions later shifted into larger ideas of how illnesses and conditions besides allergies can also be researched and alleviated. After having the opportunity in high school to explore engineering and the bioelectrics lab with cancer and dementia research, I realized that not only are the experimental aspects of research itself important but also the data analysis that translates raw information into comprehensible results. These experiences with algorithmic problem-solving have inspired me to go from the more mechanical side of technology towards the software and machine-learning side of technology.

By majoring in computer science, I hope to combine quantitative analysis and healthcare with an interest in the study of genomic development. I would like to learn how to understand, analyze, and combat any medical condition through computational methods beyond a clinical approach. I also hope to improve the quality and access to healthcare, particularly for underdeveloped populations. Another one of my interests lies in economics, where I am also curious about how the interaction of medicine and technology can be optimized for socio-economic development and economically conscious policy decisions.

Besides being a SPIRE Fellow at Duke, I am currently involved in the DUU Technology Committee, a member of Women in Technology, and play on the Club Tennis team. Throughout the years, I have enjoyed working in various leadership organizations in my school and community. I served as National Honor Society President, Class Office Vice-President, an editor for the literary magazine, and Assistant Coach and Team Captain for varsity tennis. In my community, I have had a great time volunteering at the Virginia Aquarium and organizing food and clothing drives for local foodbanks and charity organizations. Some of my favorite pastimes also include playing the flute, lifting, oil painting, and spending time with family and friends.

What do you like about being a SPIRE Fellow?

​​​​​​​Although it has only been a short while since I have been at Duke, the people I have met have been wonderful. Getting the chance to interact with so many amazing people from diverse backgrounds and interests has been incredibly valuable, and the SPIRE Fellows Program has been a particularly welcoming space in fostering new friendships and support systems. I also love how I can always learn something new from others, and I look forward to getting to know more of the vibrant Duke community.

Jennifer Lee
Jennifer Lee