Suemin Lee

College Park, MD, US ·

I am a PhD student at the University of Maryland. I started my PhD in 2022 Fall. I have completed my Masters at the University of Waterloo and my undergraduate at Simon Fraser University, majoring in mathematical physics. I am interested in solving biological problems with theoretical approaches using computational experiments.


University of Maryland

College Park, MD, US
Doctor of Philosophy, Biophysics
Sep 2022 - Current

University of Waterloo

Waterloo, ON, Canada
Master of Science, Physics
Sep 2020 - Aug 2022

Simon Fraser University

Burnaby, BC, Canada
Bachelor of Science, Mathematical Physics
Sep 2016 - Apr 2020


Research Assistant (U. Waterloo Physics)

Modeling Cell selectivity on antimicrobial peptides (Supervisor: Dr.Bae-yeun Ha)

Computational theoretical soft matter research. Theoretical modeling on cell selectivity of antimicrobial peptides (AMPs). Constructing a model that could potentially lead to clinically accessible substances, by improving the therapeutic index for AMPs. The results are shown through numerical optimizations and computation works.

Sep 2020 - Aug 2022

Teaching Assistant (U. Waterloo Physics)


Teach first-year physics undergraduate students during the lab session. Responsible for teaching lab sessions, evaluating, grading the lab reports, and providing feedback to students..

PHYS 255, PHYS 364 TA

Responsible for evaluating and grading examinations, assignments, and record grades for an undergraduate physics course. Returned feedback for assignment and examination.

Fall 2021 , Winter 2021 , Fall 2020, Winter 2022

Research Assistant (SFU Engineering)

Information Flow Through Deep Neural Networks (Supervisor: Dr.Ivan Bajic)

Machine learning (deep neural network) research. The concept of information bottleneck and mutual information estimators was utilized to measure the mutual information between various layers in a deep neural network. Together with information-theoretic inequalities, understood how data flows through a deep neural network.

May 2020 - Aug 2020

Research Assistant (SFU Physics)

Bayesian Inverse Ecology using Mutual Information (Supervisor: Dr. David Sivak)

Computational theoretical biophysics research. Mutual information inference methods was used to understand the reverse evolutionary environment and to determine the optimal distribution of the environment. Numerical simulations were performed to infer reverse ecology in the system.

May 2018 - Apr 2020

Research Assistant (SFU Math)

Extinction of Variant Spellings (Supervisor: Dr. Paul Tupper)

Computational linguistics research. Google Ngram was used to collect data on variant spelling extinction. Simulations were performed on the collected data, and curve fitted to the model to understand the behavior on the extinction of the English spelling. Through analysis, an optimized model for variant English spelling was determined.

May 2019 - Aug 2019

Awards & Scholarships

  • Science Graduate Experience Award (Winter 2021, 2022)
  • Marie Curie Graduate Student Award (2020, 2021, 2022)
  • Science Graduate Student Award (Fall 2020, 2021)
  • NSERC-Undergraduate Student Research Awards (Summer 2020)
  • Department of Mathematics Award (Fall 2019)
  • NSERC-Undergraduate Student Research Awards (Summer 2019)
  • Department of Mathematics Award (Fall 2018)
  • SFU Dean's Honour Roll (Fall 2017)
  • University Transfer Program Scholarship (Winter 2015)


Peer Reviewed papers

  • S. Lee, B.R. Schefter, S. Taheri-Araghi, and B.Y. Ha , “Modeling selectivity of antimicrobial peptides: how it depends on the presence of host cells and cell density,” RSC Advances. 2023
  • S. Lee and I. V. Bajic, “Information flow through U-Nets,” Proc. IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging (ISBI). 2021 [arXiv]
  • Masters Thesis

  • S. Lee, "Modeling the Interactions of Antimicrobial Peptides with Cell Membranes," University of Waterloo. (2022)
  • Undergraduate Thesis

  • S. Lee, "Bayesian Reverse Ecology using Mutual Information," SFU. (2020)

  • Skills

    Programming Languages & Tools