Andres Leschziner, PhD, received a BSc in biology from McGill University and a PhD in molecular biophysics and biochemistry from Yale University. After postdoctoral training as a Jane Coffin Childs Fellow at the University of California at Berkeley, Dr. Leschziner joined the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Harvard University, where he was an assistant and associate professor. Since 2015, Dr. Leschziner has been a professor of cellular and molecular medicine and of biological sciences at the University of California at San Diego. He was the recipient of an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship in 2009.
Dr. Leschziner is interested in understanding the role of macromolecular dynamics in biological function. His research group uses cryo-electron microscopy to obtain structural information and biophysical, biochemical and cell biological techniques to test functional hypotheses. The group has had a long interest in cytoskeletal motors and ATP-dependent nucleosome remodeling complexes and began working on LRRK2 a few years ago.