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Leslie LaConte, PhD

Leslie LaConte, PhD

Associate Dean, Research
Director, Foundational Science Curriculum

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Dr. Leslie LaConte's research interests lie in the field of structural biology. Working with Dr. Konark Mukherjee, she is currently investigating the impact that missense mutations have on the structure and function of CASK, a putatively synaptic protein associated with microcephaly and developmental delay, using both computational and cell biological tools.

Position Responsibilities

As assistant dean for research for the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, LaConte is responsible for development and implementation of the school's research education curriculum and horizontal and vertical integration of research domain curricular elements across all four years and with the school’s other three domains. She reports to the senior dean for research and the senior dean for academic affairs.

Education and Training

  • Georgia Institute of Technology: Postdoctoral Fellowship
  • University of Minnesota: Ph.D., Biochemistry

Additional Positions

  • Associate Professor, Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC
  • Associate Professor, Basic Science Education, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine