Chia-Hsueh Lee, PhD
Chia-Hsueh Lee, PhD

Chia-Hsueh Lee, PhD

Assistant Member, St. Jude Faculty



BS – National Taiwan University, Taipei City Taiwan
MS – National Taiwan University, Taipei City Taiwan
PhD – Oregon Health & Science University, Portland Oregon

Research Interests

  • Structural biology of membrane proteins
  • Functions of ion channels and transporters

We seek to elucidate molecular mechanisms of membrane signaling complexes. We employ biochemical, biophysical, and structural techniques, particularly cryo-electron microscopy, to understand functions and structures of membrane proteins important to human health and disease.

Selected Publications

Lee CH, MacKinnon R. Activation mechanism of a human SK-calmodulin channel complex elucidated by cryo-EM structures. Science 2018 May 4;360(6388):508-513. doi: 10.1126/science.aas9466.  PMID: 29724949

Song X, Jensen MØ, Jogini V, Stein RA, Lee CH, Mchaourab HS, Shaw DE, Gouaux E. Mechanism of NMDA receptor channel block by MK-801 and memantine. Nature 2018 Apr;556(7702):515-519. doi: 10.1038/s41586-018-0039-9. Epub 2018 Apr 18.  PMID: 29670280

Lee CH, MacKinnon R. Structures of the human HCN1 hyperpolarization-activated channel. Cell 2017 Jan 12;168(1-2):111-120.e11. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2016.12.023. Epub 2017 Jan 12. PMID: 28086084

Zhu S, Stein RA, Yoshioka C, Lee CH, Goehring A, Mchaourab HS, Gouaux E. Mechanism of NMDA receptor inhibition and activation. Cell  2016 Apr 21;165(3):704-14. doi: 10.1016/j.cell.2016.03.028. Epub 2016 Apr 7. PMID: 27062927

Lee CH*, Lü W*, Michel JC, Goehring A, Du J, Song X, Gouaux E. NMDA receptor structures reveal subunit arrangement and pore architecture. Nature  2014 Jul 10;511(7508):191-7. doi: 10.1038/nature13548. Epub 2014 Jun 22. (* equal contribution). PMID: 25008524

Goehring A*, Lee CH*, Wang K, Michel JC, Claxton D, Baconguis I, Althoff T, Fischer S, Garcia KC, Gouaux E. Screening and large-scale expression of membrane proteins in mammalian cells for structural studies. Nat Protoc 2014 Nov;9(11):2574-85. doi: 10.1038/nprot.2014.173. Epub 2014 Oct 9. PMID: 25299155

Last update: October 2019