Leslie was born and raised in Utah and earned her B.S. 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.