Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences Special Seminar - Sabrina Rose Leslie, PhD
Dr. Sabrina Leslie is an Associate Professor of Physics and Quantitative Life Sciences at McGill University. She founded her single-molecule imaging laboratory in 2012, where she has pioneered new techniques to shed light into the elusive and complex interactions and dynamics of macromolecules. Her academic training began in 1998 as an undergraduate at UBC, where she graduated from the Combined Honours Physics and Mathematics Program, as a Canada Scholar and recipient of the CK Choi Presidential Award. In 2002, she moved to UC Berkeley as an NSERC fellow to pursue doctoral studies in optical physics. In 2009, she transitioned from visualizing hard to soft materials, focusing on biomolecules in liquids. This transition to the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University was made possible with a Mary Fieser postdoctoral fellowship, with the mandate to explore her passion for imaging in a health sciences context. At Harvard, she invented a single-molecule imaging technology called Convex Lensinduced Confinement (CLiC), which established her as a pioneer in single-molecule investigations with a range of applications. To expand and commercialize her technology and basic research ideas, she has recently co-founded a start-up company, ScopeSys, in the UBC community (Hatch and e@UBC).
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