(Leinwand, Leslie Anne - 2015) -- Distinguished Professorship
As the chief science officer of CU-Boulder’s BioFrontiers, Professor Leinwand is a nationally recognized authority in cardiac biology. In her research, she investigates how cardiac and skeletal muscles respond to stimuli like diet and exercise, which has led to groundbreaking implications for cardiac health in humans. Her work has also led to breakthrough discoveries regarding physiological differences between male and female cardiac biology. Leinwand created The Python Project, which investigates organ growth and lipid consumption in Burmese pythons. The project also gives undergraduates at the university the opportunity to participate in exciting and innovative research. Leinwand serves as an ex-officio board member of the Global Down Syndrome Foundation. She has authored over 185 scientific publications and founded a biotechnology company that conducts clinical trials on heart medications. From 2006 to 2010, Leinwand was a Howard Hughes Medical Institute professor. In 2013, she received the Bonfils-Stanton Award for Science and Medicine. In 2014, Leinwand was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of only 29 CU-Boulder faculty members to receive this honor.