Lee Bitsóí, Ed. D., is an enrolled member of the Navajo Nation, and served in a joint appointment at Georgetown University from —as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the O’Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law, and as Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Science in the School of Nursing & Health Studies. In this appointment, Dr. Bitsóí researched initiatives regarding ethical, legal and social implications (ELSI) of genomic research and their impact on indigenous people of the U.S., Canada, Australia, India, Mexico and New Zealand.
Prior to his appointment at Georgetown, Dr. Bitsóí served as Director of Minority Training in Bioinformatics & Genomics at Harvard University, where he continues to be an Associate in the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology. He has devoted his career to enhancing opportunities for Native Americans to become scientists, science educators and scientifically-informed community members.
Dr. Bitsóí earned a bachelor of science degree from the University of New Mexico and a master of education degree from Harvard University. In 2007, he earned a doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania, where he conducted his doctoral dissertation research on the conditions that encourage and discourage American Indians from pursuing higher education, a subject upon which he has published.