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Elizabeth J. Leslie, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Human Genetics
Email: ejlesli emory edu
Twitter:  elizjleslie

Elizabeth received her BA from St. Olaf College in 2008, where she briefly flirted with field biology and population genetics of turtles. Thanks to a strong genetic predisposition for human genetics, she saw the light and has been studying human craniofacial phenotypes ever since. Elizabeth received her PhD in Genetics in 2012 from Jeff Murray's lab at the University of Iowa. At the University of Pittsburgh, she completed her postdoctoral training (with Mary Marazita) and her first faculty appointment. Outside of the lab, Elizabeth can be found behind her camera lens.


Grace Carlock  Project Manager/Study Coordinator  A California native, Grace obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology at California State University Fresno in 2013, and is currently enrolled in an MPH program at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. An avid nature lover, she was born in Yosemite National Park in California, and also spent several years of her childhood living next to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Grace Carlock
Project Manager/Study Coordinator

A California native, Grace obtained her undergraduate degree in Psychology at California State University Fresno in 2013, and is currently enrolled in an MPH program at the Rollins School of Public Health at Emory University. An avid nature lover, she was born in Yosemite National Park in California, and also spent several years of her childhood living next to Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming.

Madison Bishop, Ph.D.  Postdoctoral Fellow  Madison hails from Vestavia Hills, Alabama. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Berry College and received her Ph.D. from Auburn University where she studied hereditary cancer in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development with Dr. Nancy Merner. In her spare time, Madison enjoys cooking new dishes, running outside and she recently began golfing!

Madison Bishop, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Madison hails from Vestavia Hills, Alabama. She received her B.S. in Biochemistry from Berry College and received her Ph.D. from Auburn University where she studied hereditary cancer in the Department of Drug Discovery and Development with Dr. Nancy Merner. In her spare time, Madison enjoys cooking new dishes, running outside and she recently began golfing!

Sarah Curtis, Ph.D.  Postdoctoral Fellow  Sarah was born and raised in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia. She earned her BS in Biology from the University of Kentucky in 2015 and received her Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Emory University in 2019, studying epigenetic differences in people who were highly exposed to endocrine-disrupting compounds. When not in lab, Sarah fills her time with a multitude of hobbies including crocheting, cooking, painting, sketching, quilting, video games, hiking, boating, and traveling.

Sarah Curtis, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

Sarah was born and raised in the middle of the Appalachian Mountains in West Virginia. She earned her BS in Biology from the University of Kentucky in 2015 and received her Ph.D. in Genetics and Molecular Biology from Emory University in 2019, studying epigenetic differences in people who were highly exposed to endocrine-disrupting compounds. When not in lab, Sarah fills her time with a multitude of hobbies including crocheting, cooking, painting, sketching, quilting, video games, hiking, boating, and traveling.

Courtney Willett  GMB PhD Student  Courtney received her bachelor's of Molecular Biology with a minor in English Literature from Kennesaw State University in 2017. Before coming to Emory, she worked as a laboratory assistant at SkinPath Solutions. When she's not frantically scouring her R script for that one dastardly misplaced comma, Courtney can be found hiking, knitting or cuddling with her two cats, Jellybean and Jiji.

Courtney Willett
GMB PhD Student

Courtney received her bachelor's of Molecular Biology with a minor in English Literature from Kennesaw State University in 2017. Before coming to Emory, she worked as a laboratory assistant at SkinPath Solutions. When she's not frantically scouring her R script for that one dastardly misplaced comma, Courtney can be found hiking, knitting or cuddling with her two cats, Jellybean and Jiji.

Kelly Manning  Lead Research Specialist  Stay tuned to find out more about Kelly!

Kelly Manning
Lead Research Specialist

Stay tuned to find out more about Kelly!

Kimberly Diaz Perez  GMB PhD Student  Kimberly was born and raised in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. In 2018, she obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology from Georgia State University where she conducted research on schizophrenia. In her spare time, Kimberly is a dare-devil and maintains a “part-time” job rooting for the Orlando Pride and Atlanta United FC soccer teams.

Kimberly Diaz Perez
GMB PhD Student

Kimberly was born and raised in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. In 2018, she obtained her undergraduate degree in Biology from Georgia State University where she conducted research on schizophrenia. In her spare time, Kimberly is a dare-devil and maintains a “part-time” job rooting for the Orlando Pride and Atlanta United FC soccer teams.

Pankaj Chopra, Ph.D.  Research Informatics Analyst  Pankaj received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from NC State University. Fueled by hot tea and dark chocolate, he applies programming and data mining techniques to genetic data to investigate patterns in Orofacial Cleft, Biliary Atresia, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and Schizophrenia. With his Dr. Who t-shirts, he appears to be your typical nerd, but ask him about hummingbirds and you will find he's also a keen gardener.

Pankaj Chopra, Ph.D.
Research Informatics Analyst

Pankaj received his Ph.D. in Computer Science from NC State University. Fueled by hot tea and dark chocolate, he applies programming and data mining techniques to genetic data to investigate patterns in Orofacial Cleft, Biliary Atresia, Inflammatory Bowel Disease, and Schizophrenia. With his Dr. Who t-shirts, he appears to be your typical nerd, but ask him about hummingbirds and you will find he's also a keen gardener.

Daniel Chang  MSPH Student  Daniel is a second year MSPH Epidemiology student at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health. Prior to coming to Emory, he received a B.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University in 2014 and an MHS from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2016. New to Atlanta, Daniel is always open to learning about new hole-in-the-wall restaurants.

Daniel Chang
MSPH Student

Daniel is a second year MSPH Epidemiology student at Emory's Rollins School of Public Health. Prior to coming to Emory, he received a B.S. in Molecular & Cellular Biology from Johns Hopkins University in 2014 and an MHS from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in 2016. New to Atlanta, Daniel is always open to learning about new hole-in-the-wall restaurants.

Michael Mortillo  Future PhD Student  Michael just finished his Master’s in Epidemiology from Rollins School of Public Health. He will join the Genetics and Molecular Biology PhD program in the fall. Fun fact: he have been to Italy four times!

Michael Mortillo
Future PhD Student

Michael just finished his Master’s in Epidemiology from Rollins School of Public Health. He will join the Genetics and Molecular Biology PhD program in the fall. Fun fact: he have been to Italy four times!

Lab Alumni: Nadia Harerimana (rotation student), Maria Turcan (undergrad), Kristiana Josifi (research specialist)

We believe the best science is team science.

So here's a shout out to all of our collaborators around the world! We can't name everyone here but we would especially like to acknowledge Jeff Murray (Iowa), Mary Marazita (Pittsburgh), Rob Cornell (Iowa), Brian Schutte (Michigan State), Rob Lipinski (UW-Madison), Seth Weinberg (Pittsburgh), and Terri Beaty (Hopkins).