Daniel Lee

Manager and Senior Program Scientist

Daniel A. Lee is a Manager and Senior Program Scientist at Schmidt Sciences. In this role, he creates, leads, and manages programs within the Climate and Cross-Science Institutes to broaden and deepen the range of scientific approaches that address pressing societal issues.


Dan is a research scientist with 20 years of experience addressing interdisciplinary problems in the biological and physical sciences. The impact of his research has been featured in Nature, The Economist, and Psychology Today, and he has a record of publications in Nature Neuroscience, Neuron, Science Advances, eLife, and the Proceedings of the National Academies of Science. His research has been recognized through several international awards, including the NIH Pathway to Independence Award (K99/R00), and the Sleep Research Society Outstanding Early Investigator Award.


Prior to Schmidt Sciences, Dan was a NARSAD Young Investigator at the California Institute of Technology, co-founded and led several not-for-profit groups, and served as a Board Member for the Wiseburn Education Foundation. Dan holds a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of California, Berkeley.