Dean Lee

Professor of Physics


Education and training

  • PhD, Physics, Harvard University, 1998


The Lee research group is focused on connecting
fundamental physics to forefront experiments. The
group studies many aspects of quantum few- and many-body
systems. Together with collaborators, the group
has developed lattice Monte Carlo methods that probe
strongly-interacting systems and study superfluidity,
nuclear clustering, phase transitions, and other emergent
phenomena from first principles. The group also
investigates many facets of the strong nuclear force, from
the underlying symmetries of quantum chromodynamics
to predictions for nuclear structure, reactions, and

The group is also engaged in novel applications of new
technologies for fundamental science. This includes
lattice Monte Carlo simulations of quantum many-body
systems using the latest supercomputing technologies.
It also includes new algorithms for quantum computing
such as the rodeo algorithm or the development of fast
machine-learning emulators based on concepts such as
eigenvector continuation.


I received my AB in physics in 1992 and PhD in theoretical
particle physics in 1998, both from Harvard University.
His PhD advisor was Howard Georgi. From 1998-2001,
I joined the University of Massachusetts Amherst for my
postdoctoral research under the supervision of John
Donoghue, Eugene Golowich, and Barry Holstein. I joined
North Carolina State University as an assistant professor
in 2001, becoming associate professor in 2007, and full
professor in 2012. In 2017, I moved to the Facility for Rare
Isotope Beams at Michigan State University as Professor
of Physics, jointly appointed in the Department of Physics
and Astronomy.

How students can contribute as part of my research team

Much of the research in our group is motivated by the
prospect of discovering something new. I am happy to
work with students and postdocs who are excited by the
discovery process and eager to chase all promising ideas
to their logical conclusion.

Scientific publications