Molly Lee

Associate Director

Dr. Lee earned her DVM in 2014 from Iowa State University, practiced mixed animal veterinary medicine, then completed a Master of Public Health degree from the University of Iowa in 2017. In 2018, she was named a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Upon receiving her MPH, she was hired as a Veterinary Specialist for CFSPH and worked in that role for almost two years. In July 2019, she became an Associate Director of CFSPH. In this role, she currently leads an internationally collaborative project, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, to develop the “Day 1 Platform for Veterinary Education”, which works to improve teaching and learning in veterinary colleges in the developing world. Dr. Lee also serves as the Principle Investigator on an influenza education project for youth in agriculture. Previously, Dr. Lee led the CFSPH’s work with the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) Training and Exercise Program. Dr. Lee has contributed to the USDA-funded Secure Food Supply Plans, playing an active role in development of recommendations related to foreign animal disease surveillance, prevention, and management. She also led development and revision of guidance documents and training materials for implementation of the Biosecurity Principles of the National Poultry Improvement Plan, designed to prevent the introduction and spread of infectious diseases including Avian Influenza.

Besides her work at CFSPH, Dr. Lee is involved in a number of professional, civic and community activities. She serves on the Story County Board of Health, having invested significant time into the COVID-19 outbreak, and has served as a coach for Ames High School students preparing for the state Science Olympiad Disease Detectives competition. She is a clinical veterinarian for outreach events for ISU CVM’s Veterinary Public Health Club and Clinical Practice in Diverse Communities fourth year rotation. In addition to being a member of multiple national professional organizations, she is active in the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA), serving as Membership Committee Chair, previous co-Chair of the Power of Ten Leadership (POTL) Program, and Public Health Committee member. In 2020, the IVMA recognized Dr. Lee with the Rising Star Award.