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Yoosook Lee

Yoosook Lee

Assistant Researcher
Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology
School of Veterinary Medicine University of California - Davis

1089 Veterinary Medicine Dr.
Rm 4223
Davis, CA 95616
Phone: (530) 752-7333
Email: yoslee[at]

Research Interests
Research Experience
Honors and Awards
CV (Google Doc)

Google scholar profile
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B.S in Life Science, Life Science Department, the Pohang University of Science and Technolgy (POSTECH), 2000

Ph.D. in Biology, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of California - Los Angeles, 2006

Posdoctoral Scholar, Department of Entomology, University of California - Davis, 2006-2007

Postdoctoral Scholar, UC Mosquito Research Program, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, School of Veterinary Medicine, University of California - Davis, 2007 - 2011

Research Interests

Research Experience

2006 -- 2011 Postdoctoral Researcher in Vector Genetics Lab at UC Davis
2001 -- 2006 Graduate Student Researcher in Adaptive Language Group at UCLA
1999 -- 2000 Research participant in Structural Biology Laboratory, POSTECH, Korea

Honors and Awards

Featured article (Main et al. 2016) on PLoS Genetics on the week of Sep. 16, 2016.
Norris et al. 2015. PNAS. featured as "Research Highlight" in 15 January 2015 issue of Nature 517(7534) p247 ( Link) and "In this issue" in PNAS (PNAS link).
Cover of Journal of Medical Entomology for Lanzaro et al. 2015, JME.
Featured Article on the week of Oct. 31, 2014 on F1000Research for Sanford et al. 2014.
Journal of Medical Entomology 2009 Editor's Choice Award for Lee et al. 2009. JME.
BioMed Central Open Data Award 2009 Winner at the 4th BioMed Central Annual Research Award, London, UK, Jun 10, 2010
Microsoft Research Connections Blog about the first Open Data Award Winner
Cameron Neylon (one of the judges for the award) Blog about the selection of the first Open Data Award Winner
William C. Reeves New Investigator Award 3rd place winner, 2008 Mosquito and Vector Control Association of California Annual Conference.
Best Paper Award, 8th International conference on artificial life and robotics

Selected Publications (from 44 total, last updated on March 28. 2018)

  1. Cornel AJ, Lee Y, Almeida APG, Johnson T, Mouatcho J, Venter M, de Jager C, Braack L. Mosquito community composition in South Africa and some neighboring countries. Parasites and Vectors. *** In press ***
  2. Hanemaaijer MJ, Houston PD, Collier TC, Norris LC, Fofana A, Lanzaro GC, Cornel AJ, Lee Y Mitochondrial genomes of Anopheles arabiensis, An. gambiae and An. coluzzii show no clear species division. 2018. 7:347 (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.13807.1)
  3. Lee Y, Collier TC, Conner WR, Hanemaaijer MJ, Smartt CT, Slatkin M, Chiu JC, Lanzaro GC, Mulligan FS, Cornel AJ. Spatial and temporal distribution of genome divergence among California populations of Aedes aegypti. 2017. BioRxiv. doi:
  4. Brisco KK, Cornel AJ, Lee Y, Mouatcho J, Braack L. Comparing efficacy of a sweep net and a dip method for collection of mosquito larvae in large bodies of water in South Africa. F1000res. 5:713. (doi: 10.12688/f1000research.8351.1) ** INDEXED **
  5. Main BJ, Lee Y, Ferguson HM, Kreppel KS, Kihonda A, Govella NJ, Collier TC, Cornel AJ, Eskin E, Kang EY, Nieman CC, Weakley AM, Lanzaro GC. The Genetic Basis of host preference and indoor resting behavior in the major African malaria vector, Anopheles arabiensis. PLoS Genetics. 12(9): e1006303. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.1006303.
  6. Cornel AJ, Brisco KK, Tadei WP, Secundino NF, Galardo AKR, Medeiros JF, Pessoa FAC, Rios-Velasquez CM, Lee Y, Pimenta PFP, Lanzaro GC. Anopheles darlingi polytene chromosomes: revised maps including newly described inversion and evidence for population structure in Manaus. 2016. Memorias. 111(5): 335-346.
  7. Cornel AJ, Holeman J, Nieman CC, Lee Y*, Smith C, Amorino M, Brisco K, Barrera R, Lanzaro GC, Mulligan III FS. Surveillance, insecticide resistance and control of an invasive Aedes aegypti (Diptera: Culicidae) population in California. F1000res. 2016. 5:194. doi: 10.12688/f1000research.8107.1. [*Lee Y - Corresponding author]
  8. Nieman CC, Yamasaki Y, Collier TC, Lee Y. A DNA extraction protocol for improved DNA yield from individual mosquitoes. F1000research, 4: 1314. ** INDEXED ** PMCID: PMC4743141
  9. Main BJ, Lee Y, Norris LC, Collier TC, Fofana A, Cornel AJ, Lanzaro GC. Complex Genome Evolution in A. coluzzii Associated with Increased Insecticide Usage in Mali. Mol Ecol. 2015. 24(20): 5145-5157. PMCID: PMC4615556.
  10. Lanzaro GC, Collier TC, Lee Y. Defining genetic, taxonomic and geographic boundaries among species of the Psorophora confinnis (Diptera:Culicidae) complex in the Americas. J Med Entomol. 2015. 52(5):907-17., DOI:
  11. Lee Y, Weakley AM, Nieman CC, Malvick J, Lanzaro GC. A multi-detection assay for malaria transmitting mosquitoes. JoVE. 2015. (JoVE link)
  12. Norris LC, Main BJ, Lee Y, Collier TC, Fofana A, Cornel AJ, Lanzaro GC. Adaptive introgression in an African malaria mosquito coincident with the increased usage of insecticide-treated bed nets. 2015. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1418892112
  13. Sanford MR, Cornel AJ, Nieman CC, Dinis J, Marsden CD, Weakley AM, Han S, Rodrigues A, Lanzaro GC, Lee Y. Plasmodium falciparum infection rates for some Anopheles spp. from Guinea-Bissau, West Africa. F1000Research. 2014. 3(243).
  14. Marsden CD, Lee Y, Kreppel K, Weakley A, Cornel A, Ferguson HM, Eskin E, Lanzaro GC. Diversity, differentiation and linkage disequilibrium: prospects for association mapping in the malaria vector, Anopheles arabiensis. G3 (Bethesda). 2014 Jan 10;4(1):121-31. doi: 10.1534/g3.113.008326.
  15. Lee Y, Marsden CD, Norris LC, Collier TC, Main Bradley, Fofana A, Cornel AJ, Lanzaro GC. Spatio-temporal dynamics of gene flow and hybrid fitness between the M and S forms of the malaria mosquito, Anopheles gambiae. PNAS. 2013 Dec 3;110(49):19854-9. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1316851110.
  16. Sanford MR, Ramsay S, Cornel AJ, Marsden CD, Norris LC, Patchoke S, Fondjo E, Lanzaro GC, Lee Y. A preliminary investigation of the relationship between water quality and Anopheles gambiae larval habitats in western Cameroon. Malar J. 2013. 12:225. doi: 10.1186/1475-2875-12-225. PMCID: PMC3704728.
  17. Marsden CD, Cornel A, Lee Y, Sanford MR, Norris LC, Goodell PB, Nieman CC, Han S, Rodrigues A, Denis J, Ouledi A, Lanzaro GC. An analysis of two island groups as potential sites for trials of transgenic mosquitoes for malaria control. Evol Appl. 2013. DOI: 10.1111/eva.12056
  18. Lee Y, Collier TC, Sanford MR, Marsden CD, Fofana A, Cornel AJ, Lanzaro GC. Chromosome Inversions, Genomic Differentiation and Speciation in the African Malaria Mosquito Anopheles gambiae. PLoS One. 2013. 8(3): e57887. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0057887
  19. Cornel AJ, Lee Y, Trout Fryxell RT, Seifert S, Nieman C, Lanzaro GC. Culex pipiens Sensu Lato in California: A Complex Within a Complex? J Am Mosq Control Assoc. 2012. 28 (4s):113-121.
  20. Lee Y, Seifert SN, Nieman CS, McAbee RD, Goodell P, Fryxell RT, Lanzaro GC, Cornel AJ. High degree of single nucleotide polymorphisms in California Culex pipiens (Diptera:Culicidae) sensu lato. J Med Entomol. 2012. 49(2): 299-306.
  21. Lee Y, Seifert SN, Fornadel CM, Norris DE, Lanzaro GC. Single nucleotide polymorphisms for high-throughput genotyping of Anopheles arabiensis in East and Southern Africa. J Med Entomol. 2012. 49(2): 307-315.
  22. Trout Fryxell RT, Nieman CC, Fofana A, Lee Y, Traore SF, Cornel AJ, Luckhart S, Lanzaro GC Differential Plasmodium falciparum infection of Anopheles gambiae s.s. molecular and chromosomal forms in Mali Malaria J. 2012. 11:133.
  23. Demirci B, Lee Y, Lanzaro GC, Alten B. Altitudinal genetic and morphometric variation among populations of Culex theileri Theobald (Diptera: Culicidae) from northeastern Turkey. J Vector Ecol. 2012 Jun;37(1):197-209. doi: 10.1111/j.1948-7134.2012.00217.x.
  24. Marsden CD, Lee Y, Neiman C, Sanford MR, Dinis J, Marins C, Rodrigues AR, Cornel AJ, Lanzaro GC. Asymmetric introgression between the M and S molecular forms of the malaria vector, Anopheles gambiae, maintains divergence despite extensive hybridisation. Mol Ecol. 2011. 20(23): 4983-4994.
  25. Ng'habi KR, Knos BGJ, Lee Y, Ferguson HM, Lanzaro GC. Population genetic structure of Anopheles arabiensis and Anopheles gambiae in a malaria endemic region of southern Tanzania. Malaria J. 2011. 10:289
  26. Horton A, Lee Y, Coulibaly C, Rashbrook VK, Cornel AJ, Lanzaro GC, Luckhart S. (2010) Identification of three single nucleotide polymorphism in Anopheles gambiae immune signaling genes that are associated with natural Plamodium falciparum infection. Malaria J. 2010 9:160.
  27. Lee Y, Cornel AJ, Meneses CR, Fofana A, Andrianarivo AG, McAbee RD, Fondjo E, Traoré SF, Lanzaro GC. Ecological and genetic relationships of the Forest-M form among chromosomal and molecular forms of the malaria vector Anopheles gambiae sensu stricto. Malaria J. 2009 8:75.
  28. Lee Y, Meneses CR, Fofana A, Lanzaro GC. Desiccation resistance among subpopulations of Anopheles gambiae s.s. from Selinkenyi, Mali. J Med Entomol. 2009 46(2):316-20.
  29. Lee Y, Collier TC, Taylor CE, Olfati-Saber R. Emergence of cohesion in the evolutionary dynamics of grammar networks. Evol Ecol Res. 2009. 11(5): 433-445.
  30. Jung KH, Lee J, Dardick C, Seo YS, Cao P, Canlas P, Phetsom J, Xu X, Ouyang S, An K, Cho YJ, Lee GC, Lee Y, An G, Ronald PC. (2008) Identification and functional analysis of light-responsive unique genes and gene family members in rice. PLoS Genet. 4(8):e1000164.


The Effect of Structure in Population and Grammar Space on Language Divergence. Yoosook Lee, Ph.D. Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, UCLA