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Hicks, Leslie

Leslie Hicks

Leslie Hicks

Sherman Fairchild Foundation Chancellor's Scholar Term Associate Professor

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Research Interests

Proteomics, Posttranslational Modifications, Mass Spectrometry

Research Synopsis

The ability to exquisitely differentiate biological molecules dictating metabolism and its underlying biochemistry is a challenging and meaningful endeavor, as it underpins both fundamental biological research and applied bioengineering. With an interest in extending biological frontiers using advanced technologies, the Hicks lab aims to establish methods, methodologies, and concepts to set the foundation for clever, practical, and meaningful applications of mass spectrometry in addressing and answering important biological questions.

Professional Background

Dr. Hicks received her B.S. in Chemistry at Marshall University, summa cum laude, and Ph.D. in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign where she was the recipient of an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. She was an Assistant Member and Principal Investigator at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and an adjunct professor in the Department of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis prior to assuming her current role as a professor in the Department of Chemistry at UNC.

Research Group

News & Publications

Uncover the molecular mechanism behind the incredible resilience of tardigrades.


Eight chemistry students have been selected as fellows by the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program.


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