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.

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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. 

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Kristiana Josifi
Research Specialist

Kristiana is graduated from Agnes Scott College in 2018, where she got her BS in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. In her free time, you can often find her experimenting in the kitchen, amateur beekeeping, or tending to her apartment garden. 

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.

Michael Mortillo
MPH Student

Hi! My name is Michael Mortillo and I am a second-year Epidemiology student at Rollins School of Public Health. I am very excited to be working in the field of Genetics and plan to pursue a PhD in Genetics upon graduating from Rollins in the Spring! Fun fact: I have been to Italy four times!

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Daniel Chang
MPH Student

Daniel is a first 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 and cafes.

Kimberly Diaz Perez
GMB Rotation Student

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

Maria Turcan
Undergraduate Student

My name is Maria Turcan and I am from Hickory, NC and a junior in the college studying Anthropology and Human Biology.  I am also a member of the varsity swimming team at Emory. In my free time you can find me hiking, baking or watching movies! I also hope to one day attend medical school, concentrating in Obstetrics and Gynecology. 


Lab Alumni

Courtney Willett, GMB rotation student


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).