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Tracy Lee

Containment Level 3 Facility Manager & Research Technician
Dr. David Speert's Laboratory

Prior to joining David's lab in 2009 as a Research Technician, I worked as a Clinical Laboratory Technologist in the Microbiology department at BC Children's and Women's Hospital. I became interested in CF research as a result of an on-going collaboration between the two labs in their efforts to identify B. cepacia complex isolated from clinical samples. It became one of my goals to improve the identification and detection methods of pathogens associated with Cystic Fibrosis. As such, some of the projects I work on include Burkholderia cepacia Complex Research and Referral Repository and the prevalence of Streptococcus milleri group in paediatric Cystic Fibrosis patients, which includes investigating the microbiome of the CF lung, as well as investigating novel genes involved in antibiotic resistance in Burkholderia species.

I also manage the CUPIC Containment Level 3 facility in conjunction with the Facility Director for work with Mycobacterium tuberculosis and Burkholderia pseudomallei.

Selected Publications

1. Malott, R.J., B.R. Steen-Kinard, T.D. Lee, D.P. Speert. 2011. Identification of hopanoid biosysnthesis genes involved in polymyxin resistance in Burkholderia multivorans. Antimicrob Agents Chemother. 56: 464-471.


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