Lee Gehrke (with granddaughter Molly) is the Hermann von Helmholtz Professor in the Institute for Medical Engineering and
Science at M.I.T.,  and Professor of Microbiology and Immunobiology at Harvard Medical School.  Dr. Gehrke received the Ph.D. degree in anatomy and developmental genetics from the school of medicine at Case Western Reserve University, and then did postdoctoral training in the biology department with Professor Alexander Rich at The Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  He has been a member of the MIT and Harvard faculties since 1982.

Lee is a native midwesterner, having been raised on a corn and soybeans farm in northern Illinois.  He is married to Deb Gehrke, a watercolorist with whom he shares duties as Faculty Dean of Quincy House at Harvard College.  They have two adult children–Lindsay (Molly’s mom), who is an intensive special needs educator living in Newton MA, and Andrew, who is a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard University.