Mid-Michigan Cluster Co-Coordinator
Leslie Kuhn received her B.A. in Computer Mathematics and Ph.D. in Biophysics from the University of Pennsylvania, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at The Scripps Research Institute on protein structural modeling and molecular design. She has always loved the outdoors and learning about nature, from living in the woods of Massachusetts and on a coral island in the South Pacific as a kid. Her environmental work began by running a community recycling center during high school, and more recently she led the community effort to acquire 120 acres of woods and wetlands to add to Lake Lansing North Park. Becoming acquainted with the natural communities and invasive species in Ingham County led to development of the Mid-Michigan Cluster of the Stewardship Network, which Leslie coordinates. Happily, their restoration work on a habitat scale is influencing her lab research on the nano scale. As Professor of Biochemistry and Computer Science at Michigan State University, she is collaborating with Professor Weiming Li of Fisheries & Wildlife to design molecules that block pheromone receptors in sea lampreys, as an environmentally friendly control for this aggressive invader of the Great Lakes.