Leslie McClain, PhD



Technical Instructor


Research Focus

My research has focused on how extracellular signals affect the actin cytoskeleton and how changes in the cytoskeleton influences normal development and disease progression. My past work specifically related to signaling pathways that modulate cytoskeletal dynamics required for axon guidance and the formation of collateral branches in the cerebral cortex. I am particularly interested in developmental signaling pathways that malfunction during disease states.

Teaching Goals

I consider mentorship to be an essential aspect of education. As a 20.109 instructor I am excited to convey my enthusiasm for biological engineering to the next generation of scientists. 

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