Principle Investigator


Prof. Carolyn Lee-Parsons

Education History

Ph.D., Chemical Engineering, Cornell University, Advisor: Prof. Michael L. Shuler
B.S., Summa cum laude, Chemical Engineering, University of Kansas

Employment History

2016 – present
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Biology
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

2014 – present
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Bioengineering
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

2011 – present
Associate Professor, Chemistry & Chemical Biology
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

2007 – 2008
Visiting Scientist, Shriners Hospital for Children
Associate Scientist, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, MA

2006 – Present
Associate Professor, Chemical Engineering
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

1999 – 2006
DiPietro Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering
Northeastern University, Boston, MA

1995 – 1998
Assistant Professor, non-tenure track. Chemical Engineering
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Terre Haute, IN

Awards and Honors

  • College of Engineering Faculty Fellow, Northeastern University, 2022
  • Gilda Barabino Excellence in Mentoring Award, Northeastern University, 2022: honors faculty members who are research-active and who promote the successful research careers of chemical engineering undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and alumni at Northeastern University
  • College of Engineering Faculty Fellow, 2022
  • University Excellence in Teaching Award, 2019
  • Martin W. Essigman Outstanding Teaching Award, 2018, 2013
  • Northeastern Research Leadership Development Initiative (ReDI), 2016
  • National Science Foundation CAREER Award, 2002 – 2007

Teaching Experience

  • Biochemical Engineering (Undergraduate, Graduate)
  • Chemical Biology (Undergraduate, Graduate)
  • Chemical Engineering Kinetics (Undergraduate)
  • Transport Phenomenon II & Separations (Undergraduate)
  • Unit Operations Laboratory (Undergraduate; developed Bioengineering Module)
  • Biotechnology Applications Laboratory (Graduate; developed 2 Cell Culture Modules)
  • Thermodynamics I (Undergraduate)
  • Intro to Engineering (Undergraduate)
  • Computations Laboratory (Undergraduate)

Service

Departmental Service

  • Co-chair of Chair Search, 2019 – 2020
  • Faculty advisor for the newly inaugurated International Genetically Engineering Machines (iGEM) at Northeastern U, 2015 – present
  • Library liaison for the Chemistry Department, 2011 – present
  • Chemical Engineering Tenure & Promotion Committee, 2010 – 2012
  • Chemical Engineering Merit and Review Committee, 2008 – 2009
  • Chemical Engineering Graduate Committee, 2008 – 2014
  • Chemical Engineering Dept. Coordinator for the College of Engineering Open Houses, Fall 2005 – Spring 2007
  • Chair Search Committee, elected Member, 2005 – 2006
  • Chemical Engineering Undergraduate Education Committee, 2001 – 2007
  • Faculty advisor of ISPE since its inauguration, 2000 – present
  • Faculty Search Committee, 1999 – 2007
  • Faculty advisor to chemical engineering undergraduates, 1999 – present

College Service

  • Northeastern Scholar Faculty Mentor, 2012 – present
  • Tenure and Promotion Committee, 2006 –2009, 2012 – 2014
  • Faculty Council, Fall 2004 – Spring 2005
  • College of Engineering Academic Standing Committee, Fall 2003 – Summer 2006
  • Bioengineering Task Force, 2002 – 2003

University Service

  • Faculty advisor for the newly inaugurated International Genetically Engineering Machines (iGEM) at Northeastern University, 2015 – present
  • Reviewer for the Future Faculty Workshop at Northeastern University for ADVANCE, April 2014
  • Reviewer for the Future Faculty Workshop at Northeastern University for ADVANCE, March 2012
  • Faculty Consultant for Career Services, 2009 – 2010
  • Senior Personnel of the Center of ADVANCE, spearheaded the Networking Seminars, 2009 – 2011
  • Professional Masters in Biotechnology Program, 2003 – 2012
  • Received grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation with Prof. William Detrich and Prof. Mansoor Amiji for the creation of an interdisciplinary multi-track professional Masters Degree Program in Biotechnology at Northeastern University; designed the curriculum for the Engineering Biotechnology Track and served as advisor to the students in the Engineering track and reviewed applications to this program and taught the cell culture modules for the Biotechnology Laboratory Course.
  • Biotech Academic Steering Committee, 2002 – 2005
  • Mentoring Task Force, 2002 – 2005
  • Undergraduate Research Council, 2001 – 2002
  • Institutional Biosafety Committee, 2000 – 2006

Professional Service

  • Served on the American Society of Plant Biologists Plant Council, 2016
  • Elected member of the Executive Committee of the Northeast American Society of Plant Biologists 2015 – present
  • Organized and chaired the 2015 Northeast American Society of Plant Biologist Meeting at Northeastern University and organized the Symposium on Advances in Plant Secondary Metabolism