Wen-Yee Lee

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El Paso Texas, 79968
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Associate Professor, Chemistry - Environmental Science and Engineering - Border Biomedical Research Center (BBRC)

Dr. Lee's is a 2016 Interdisciplinary Research (IDR) Fellow supported by UTEP Office of Research and Sponsored Projects and the Office of the Provost. As an IDR Fellow, Dr. Lee will coordinate a Water Research Group to include researchers from the region and developing countries to study water quality issues on local, regional, and global scales. The focus of this Water Research Community is to explore topics such as contaminants of emerging concern in fresh water quality, wastewater reuse, and occurrence of antibiotic resistant bacteria in the Rio Grande. Dr. Lee’s vision is to include UTEP centers, UTEP faculty from Science, Engineering, Health Science, and Education as well as faculty from Texas A&M, NMSU, New Mexico Tech, and three international universities in the Water Research Community.
Dr. Lee also studies organic pollutants in the environment, and their impacts on human health. It is a unique field in our chemistry department, and fits into the university’s vision in interdisciplinary research and border related issues. Her research fits the need of our community as well as with the uniqueness of our bi-national relationship. Two groups of organic compounds are studied in her lab: (1) persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and (2) wastewater organic compounds (WOCs). POPs, such as dichlorodiphenyl-trichloroethane (DDT), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), are characterized by their long half-lives in the environment; and WOCs are considered contaminants of emerging concerns for their omnipresence and endocrine disrupting properties. The interdisciplinary nature of her research is to combine environmental chemistry with biology, geology, and engineering to address the complexity of environmental issues and to provide students the research opportunity to work in various disciplines.


  1. Analytical method development
  2. Environmental Endocrine Disruptor
  3. Environmental science
  4. Gas Chromatography/Mass Spectrometry
  5. Organic Pollutants
  6. Wastewater Organic Pollutants


  1. Education for the 21st Century Demographic
  2. Energy & Environment
  3. Health & Biomedical Sciences and Engineering