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Leslie Leinwand’s research focuses on how cardiac and skeletal muscle adapt to stimuli, particularly the pathways involved in heart enlargement in response to exercise and disease.Her goal is to translate her lab’s research findings – from the fundamental understanding of the myosin motors and how mutations in them cause disease to the investigation of sex differences in cardiac physiology – to improve human health and disease. Using the issue of human health and disease to connect the concepts of bench research and medicine, Leinwand developed an interdisciplinary science course and a laboratory research program for undergraduates, a mentor training program, a lecture series open to the public, and workshops for high school teachers.