Carolyn Lee

Carolyn Lee
Pounden Hall, Wooster, Ohio 44691
Degree Information: 
BA - Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, College of Wooster

After obtaining her BA in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from the College of Wooster in Wooster, Ohio in 2019, Carolyn Lee joined Dr. Scott Kenney's lab as a PhD student in the Department of Veterinary Preventative Medicine, College of Veterinary Medicine on The Ohio State Wooster campus in the Center for Food Animal Health (CFAH) in 2021. Carolyn's research interests include novel therapeutic development as it applies to emerging and zoonotic infectious diseases. Carolyn's research areas include SARS-CoV-2 and, most recently, designing and testing a novel African Swine Fever Virus vaccine candidate. Carolyn also serves on the Graduate Student Unit CFAH (GSU/CFAH) leadership committee.

Additional Information: 

Research techniques:

  • BSL-3 clearance
  • Bacterial and mammalian protein expression and purification
  • Molecular cloning
  • RT-PCR, Western blot, SDS-PAGE, gel electrophoresis, DNA/ RNA extraction, TCID50, cellular transfection


  • The Ohio State University  
    • College of Veterinary Medicine Research Day 2022- Immunology & Infectious Diseases category- PowerPoint Presentation titled “EVALUATION OF A SARS-CoV-2 INTRANASAL NANOPARTICLE VACCINE IN FERRETS” - $500 Travel Award
  • 2022 NAPRRS/NC229: International Conference of Swine Viral Diseases 
    • “Engineering an African Swine Fever Virus Multiepitope Protein for Use in an ASF Nanoparticle-based Subunit Vaccine” - $600 Travel Award  


  • Alhamo MA, Boley PA, Liu M, Niu X, Yadav KK, Lee C, Saif LJ, Wang Q, Kenney SP. Characterization of the Cross-Species Transmission Potential for Porcine Deltacoronaviruses Expressing Sparrow Coronavirus Spike Protein in Commercial Poultry. Viruses2022; 14(6): 1225.
  • Boley PA, Lee CM, Schrock J, Yadav KK, Patil V, Suresh R, Lu S, Feng MM, Hanson J, Channappanavar R, Kenney SP, Gourapura R. Enhanced mucosal immune responses and reduced viral load in the respiratory tract of ferrets to intranasal lipid nanoparticle-based SARS-CoV-2 proteins and mRNA vaccines. J Nanobiotechnology. 2023;21(1):60. doi:10.1186/s12951-023-01816-3