Elizabeth J. Leslie, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Office: Whitehead Biomedical Research Building 305N

Phone: 404-727-3505

Email: ejlesli@emory.edu

Additional Contact Information

Mailing Address:

Whitehead Biomedical Research Building

615 Michael St

Atlanta, GA 30322

Additional Websites

Research Interests

My primary research interests revolve around identifying the genetic causes of craniofacial disorders, including both Mendelian and complex forms of cleft lip and palate. We use deep phenotyping in individuals with craniofacial anomalies and their family members, genetic association methods, and next generation sequencing to identify novel genetic risk factors and to understand fundamental questions of phenotypic heterogeneity, penetrance, and variable expressivity.

Areas of Specialization

  • Genetic causes of craniofacial anomalies
  • Genetics of normal facial morphology
  • Van der Woude syndrome
  • Phenotypic heterogeneity


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Pittsburgh, 2014
  • PhD, Genetics, University of Iowa, 2012
  • BA, Chemistry, St. Olaf College, 2008

Professional Memberships

  • American Society of Human Genetics
  • Society of Craniofacial Genetics and Developmental Biology
  • American Association of Dental Research
  • International Association of Dental Research
  • American Cleft Palate Association