Leslie grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area in the heart of Silicon Valley. Despite growing up surrounded by computer programmers and entrepreneurs, she realized her true passion was in the physical sciences. She attended college at UC Berkeley and worked in the lab of Prof. Paul Alivisatos. There, her efforts were focused on synthesizing DNA linked nanoparticles that act as plasmon rulers. Outside of lab, Leslie indulges in fashion design, plays European board games, and enjoys listening to spoken word poetry. After graduating with a degree in Materials Chemistry, Leslie switched coasts to join the Owen lab at Columbia, where her research centers on designing nanoparticles that can image neurons in the brain.

Leslie Hamachi


B.S. - UC Berkeley (Alivisatos)


College of Chemistry Senior Undergraduate Research Award - 2011, 2013

UC Berkeley Regent’s and Chancellor’s Scholar