Department of Physics, McGill University
Sabrina Leslie's academic training began in 1998 as an undergraduate at UBC, where she graduated from the Honours Physics and Mathematics Program as a Canada Scholar and recipient of the CK Choi Presidential Award. In 2002, She moved to UC Berkeley as an NSERC fellow to pursue doctoral studies in optical and atomic physics. Under the guidance of Dr. Dan Stamper-Kurn, She pioneered imaging experiments of disorder-to-order transitions of atomic vapours held in optical traps. In 2009, she made a significant transition, from visualizing atoms in vacuum chambers, to visualizing biomolecules in liquids; a transition by a desire to get a little closer to life in her research. This transition to the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology at Harvard University was made possible with a Mary Fieser post-doctoral fellowship, with the mandate to explore this inspiration. At Harvard, she invented a single-molecule imaging technology called Convex Lens-induced Confinement (CLiC), which established her as a pioneer in single-molecule investigations with a range of applications. In 2012, she became an Assistant Professor at McGill University and founded her research group. Professor Leslie has developed CLiC into a platform technology and used it for new studies of nucleic acids, proteins, polymers, nanomaterials, biologics, cells, etc. To expand and commercialize her technology and key applications, she co-founded a start-up company ScopeSys, with a technical and business team based in Canada.