Esther Marcia Leise

Esther Leise

Title: Biology Educator
Company: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Location: Randleman, North Carolina, United States

Esther Marcia Leise, Biology Educator at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Scientists for dedication, achievements, and leadership in the field of biology.

Supported by more than 40 years of professional excellence, Dr. Leise has held the title of professor emerita with The University of North Carolina at Greensboro since 2018, where she worked as an assistant professor, an associate professor and finally as a full professor from 1991 to 2018. She previously excelled at the University of Washington as a teaching assistant and research assistant, and at the University of Hawaii as a research associate. In a career filled with highlights, she is especially proud of receiving the National Institutes of Health postdoctoral fellowship, which allowed her to pursue more consistent research with her mentor Dr. Brian Mulloney at the University of California Davis. A member of the Society for Neuroscience, Dr. Leise holds a Bachelor of Science in zoology from the University of Maryland and a Doctor of Philosophy in zoology from the University of Washington.

In order to remain abreast of changes in the field, Dr. Leise also maintained affiliation with the Society for Integrative and Comparative Biology, where she served on the public affairs committee from 1992 to 1994. She is the author of an impressively large number of professional articles, including “Induction of Metamorphosis in the Marine Gastropod, Ilyanassa Obsoleta: 5HT, NO and Programmed Cell Death” and “NADPH-Diaphorase Activity Changes during Gangliogenesis and Metamorphosis in the Gastropod Mollusc Ilyanassa Obsoleta,” and her most highly cited paper, “Modular construction of nervous systems: A basic principle of design for invertebrates and vertebrates.” As a testament to her success, she has received two research grants from the National Science Foundation as well as a major instrumentation grant from this agency that allowed her department at UNCG to obtain its first confocal microscope. Moreover, she was featured in the 24th and 25th editions of Who’s Who in the South and Southwest.

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