Tim Lee is a Distinguished Scientist who works specifically on early skin cancer detection and epidemiologic research on skin cancer. Tim’s research interests include medical image analysis, artificial intelligence, polarization speckle, computer-aided diagnosis, and risk and prognosis factors of skin cancer.

Research Interests:

  • Polarization speckle: in vivo skin cancer screening technique
  • Artificial intelligence and computer aided diagnostic algorithms for analyzing skin images
  • Risk and prognosis factors for melanoma

Professor, Dermatology and Skin Science, University of British Columbia

Associate Member, Biomedical Engineering Program, University of British Columbia

Associate Member, School of Population and Public Health, University of British Columbia

Scientific & Research Staff, Dermatology and skin Science, Vancouver Coastal Health Authority, Vancouver Acute Health Service Delivery Area (VGH, UBCH & GF Strong)


PhD. in Computer Science, Simon Fraser University, 2001

MSc. in Computer Science, University of British Columbia, 1983

BSc. in Computer Science and Mathematics, University of British Columbia, 1980


Melanoma probe

In this project, we develop a handheld and easy-to-operate optical probe for detecting melanoma. Delivery of the technology is aimed at non-dermatologist healthcare providers, improving their diagnostic accuracy and reducing the number of referrals to the specialists.

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