Assistant Professor of Medicine, Department of Medicine, Division of Infectious Diseases

Assistant Professor of Medicine
Infectious Diseases

Professional Bio

Leslie was born and raised in Utah and earned her BS in Molecular Biophysics & Biochemistry from Yale University in New Haven, CT. Her undergraduate research in the lab of Dr. Paul Forscher looked a cytoskeleton dynamics in growth cones. She completed her MD/PhD at Vanderbilt University. Her PhD thesis work in the lab of Dr. Steve Hanks focused on the role of p130Cas signaling in focal adhesion dynamics and cellular motility. She remained at Vanderbilt to complete Internal Medicine Residency and is currently an Infectious Disease Fellow. She will be joining the lab of Dr. Matthew Tyska to study the structural role of transmembrane proteins in brush border assembly in gut epithelium and its role in GI microbial homeostasis and immune function. Leslie plans to pursue a career as a physician-scientist.


MD - Vanderbilt University School of Medicine - 2012
PhD - Cell and Developmental Biology - Vanderbilt University - 2010
Internship - Internal Medicine - Vanderbilt University Medical Center - 2013
Residency - Internal Medicine - Vanderbilt University Medical Center - 2015
Fellowship - Infectious Diseases - Vanderbilt University Medical Center - 2019