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Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D.

Senior Fellow and Director of Life Sciences

Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D. is the Senior Fellow and Director of Life Sciences at the Charlotte Lozier Institute, an organization dedicated to policies and practices that protect the sanctity of human life. She is a scientist with 20 years’ experience in academic and clinical medicine with an emphasis on the cause of pediatric disease. She obtained a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the Medical College of Wisconsin and fellowship training at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. Dr. Sander Lee was an appointed faculty member at the Medical College of Wisconsin for over 15 years, where she directed a research lab investigating congenital heart disease in children and served as Scientific Director of Molecular Diagnostics at Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.


Dr. Sander Lee is published in various medical journals and text books, including her recent co-authored manuscript in the journal Issues in Law and Medicine, “The Perinatal Revolution”. Dr. Sander Lee has been the primary investigator or co-investigator on several awarded grants, has been invited to present her work at national meetings, and has received recognition for her science and academic contributions with several awards, including Milwaukee Business Journal’s Forty under 40 Award and the Medical College of Wisconsin’s Outstanding Faculty Service Award. She also served as molecular pathology inspector for the College of American Pathologists and scientific consultant for various entities, including the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner, Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin, and TAI Diagnostics.


Dr. Sander Lee is dedicated to promoting ethical advancements in healthcare and protecting human life, with special emphasis on perinatal and early postnatal periods. She has been invited to speak, give expert testimony, and provide scientific advice for several legislators, policymakers, and organizations. She has published op-eds and been interviewed by local and national media outlets, including the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Cap Times, USA Today, Liberty Counsel-Faith and Freedom Radio, American Family News, Life Matters TV program, The Daily Signal, Live Action, ETWN News Nightly and ETWN Pro-Life segment.

Latest Research & News

  • Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus | March 25, 2020

    This is Issue 43 in CLI’s On Point Series. To view this report as a PDF, see: On Point 43 Pro-Life Topics for Lawmakers Regarding Coronavirus.   Abortion advocates have found a new ally—COVID-19.   During this intensely stressful time, the vast majority of Americans are focused on protecting their health and the health of […]

  • The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage | March 26, 2020

    by R. J. Snell, Ph.D. This paper can be viewed as a pdf here: The Coronavirus Pandemic and the Ethics of Triage   As the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Italy, many hospitals are overwhelmed with patients, necessitating difficult triage decisions that can seem like choosing who lives and who dies. In the United States, already […]

  • A Policy and Funding Evaluation Of Human Fetal Tissue Research | September 11, 2020

    This is Issue 2 in CLI’s On Science. To view this report as a PDF, see: A Policy and Funding Evaluation Of Human Fetal Tissue Research   Background The body parts of preborn babies that die through the act of elective abortion are harvested and sold to desiring scientists for experimentation.  These acts are heinous, […]

  • Protected: Science and Ethics of Using Aborted Human Fetuses in Medical Research | July 23, 2020

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  • Designing Babies: Science, Ethics, and Policies of a Post-Genomic Era | July 20, 2020

    At the Center for Bioethics and Human Dignity annual summer conference “Bioethics in Real Life,” Dr. David Prentice and Dr. Tara Sander Lee presented a workshop entitled Designing Babies: Science, Ethics, and Policies of a Post-Genomic Era.   Scientific advancements in the fields of genetics, molecular diagnosis, and genetic engineering were introduced so that participants […]

  • A Visual Aid to Viral Infection and Vaccine Production | June 15, 2020

    This is Issue 1 in CLI’s On Science. To view this report as a PDF, see: A Visual Aid to Viral Infection and Vaccine Production   Introduction As a result of the rapid spread of the new coronavirus technically known as SARS-CoV-2, the United States and other governments have begun crash efforts to create an […]

  • Saving Babies, One Surgery at a Time | March 29, 2019

    Recently, more news articles are reporting how mothers in the United Kingdom have undergone groundbreaking fetal surgery while pregnant to repair defects in their babies before birth.[1] The common thread in all these stories is that these babies were diagnosed prenatally with spina bifida, a severe congenital disorder in which the spinal column does not […]

  • Written Testimony of Tara Sander Lee, Ph.D., in Support of Ethical Alternatives to Aborted Fetal Tissue Research | December 20, 2018

    On Thursday, December 13, 2018, the U.S. House of Representatives subcommittee on Healthcare, Benefits, and Administrative Rules and Government Operations for the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing on “Exploring Alternatives to Fetal Tissue Research.” The hearing was called as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services re-evaluates funding for research using […]

  • Minnesota Court Rules in Favor of University’s Use of Aborted Fetal Tissue for Research | September 4, 2018

        The Minnesota Court of Appeals has ruled in opposition of Pro-life Action Ministries, legally represented by Thomas More Society, which filed a lawsuit in 2016 against the University of Minnesota for its unlawful use of aborted human fetal tissue in research.  Pro-life Action Ministries alleged that the University of Minnesota was procuring and […]