On Monday, July 29th 2019, CK (Chang-Keun) Lee joined the Centre for Proficiency Testing team as Consultant Technologist (Transfusion Medicine and Virology). CK comes to IQMH with a strong background in transfusion medicine with current experience from Canadian Blood Services.
CK also has an impressive background as a Quality Control Engineer. In 2004, he graduated with a B.Sc. in Engineering Physics from HanYang University in Seoul, South Korea. Following graduation, he worked as a Quality Control Engineer in the SKR-1,2 Nuclear power plant project for over three years. His key responsibility was performing quality control-related tasks (supplier site audits, quality inspections to ensure compliance with all quality requirements, SOP review/update and project quality control progress analysis etc.) on the steel-lined containment structure in support of project quality management.
After arriving in Canada in 2008, CK decided to pursue his second career as an medical laboratory technologist (MLT) and graduated from the Medical Laboratory Sciences program at St. Clair College in 2013. He started his MLT career working in the core laboratory at the Joseph Brant Hospital, while employed by Headwaters Health Care Centre from 2013 to 2015.
CK then joined a Canadian Blood Services (CBS) Immunohematology Referral Testing Laboratory in 2015, when an opportunity came up to provide Ontario transfusion medicine laboratories with immunohematology diagnostic services (ABO discrepancy, high/low prevalence antibody investigation, auto/alloadsorption, enzyme treatment etc.). Along with bench duties, some of his other responsibilities were to perform lab book exercise ‘DTT treatment and deglycerolized panel cell viability’ and to vet draft SOPs for testing procedures as well. He was also part of the Toronto to Brampton relocation validation team performing relocation IOQ on equipment and supporting the new laboratory design and workflow. During this period, he completed the Clinical Laboratory Quality Manager Graduate Certificate program at the Michener Institute.
In 2019, he started a new position as an HLA testing MLT for the NGS project at CBS and completed the Basic Histocompatibility Course offered by the American Foundation for Donation and Transplantation. His responsibilities included drafting NGS testing work instructions, vetting and executing the NGS testing instrument validation protocol and training new staff on NGS work instructions, instrument operation, and workflow as a subject matter expert.
CK’s varied professional experience in medical laboratory science and his project/quality management expertise make him a valuable addition to the IQMH team. CK is looking forward to working at IQMH in the Centre for Proficiency Testing as the Consultant Technologist for Transfusion Medicine and Virology.