Margo Lee, PhD
Medical Science / Biotechnology Specialist
AWIS Member since 1995
“I would love to be a role model for other women in science that you can accomplish anything you would like in life. Set goals high and work hard to achieve them. I have overcome so many challenges from lack of mentoring, lack of networking opportunities, and work/life balancing. Lots of things at AWIS that we try to help now.”
What is the most important leadership lesson you’ve learned the hard way?
Never stop learning. I am a good listener and learning something new every day that helps me become a better leader and scientist.
What challenges did you overcome to accomplish your career achievement or milestone?
Embrace change. There are so many moments in life when you are thrown a curveball that is something not expected. Some of my best steps in my life have been when there is a change that I am not sure would be good but turned me in an advantageous way.
What do you aspire to accomplish in your career and why? What obstacles will you overcome?
I would love to be a role model for other women in science that you can accomplish anything you would like in life. Set goals high and work hard to achieve them. I have overcome so many challenges from lack of mentoring, lack of networking opportunities, and work/life balancing. Lots of things at AWIS that we try to help now.
Describe an amazing opportunity in your STEM career.
I loved my research training at the National Institutes of Health. I met wonderful leaders that mentored me with my career, helped me continue my graduate education, and tried to introduce tools that would help me succeed in the future. Very lucky and still appreciate all of the people there!
What challenges have you encountered throughout your career and how did you address it?
Work/ Life Balance has been a hard challenge at times for me. When there has been a difficulty, I just have had to reach out for help to help with balancing a bit differently.
How has AWIS helped you professionally and/or personally?
It has helped me by connecting me with other women that face similar difficulties in a science career. By learning what helped them in these situations, it gives me strength to address them in similar ways.
Margo Lee, PhD, is a diversified, professional medical science/biotechnology specialist with 22+ years of experience supporting international efforts in genetic/biotechnology research, development and FDA regulatory process and compliance. Her work boasts a strong foundation in scientific research with advance training and specialties in DNA testing, genetic basis of disease, DNA sequencing, protein assays, whole genome sequencing (WGS), and pharmaceutical research. Dr. Lee is the editor for the AWIS Insider, a members-only monthly digest of news and information related to equity in STEM across all disciplines and employment sectors. She has been an AWIS Member since 1995.