Leslie Fischer was a faculty member in the Nutrition Department of the Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina for over 16 years where she worked on nutrition-based clinical research trials, including studies on obesity and determining the daily requirements of the nutrient choline. Leslie’s area of expertise is in how nutrients and dietary interventions may enhance health and prevent disease. She also has keen knowledge on how dietary requirements and body weight are influenced by factors such as gender, menopausal status, and genetics. She is currently a co-founder of Nutrigenetics Specialists, a private dietetics practice focusing on genetics-based nutrition counseling. Originally from Atlanta, Georgia, Leslie graduated from the University of Georgia magna cum laude with honors in Genetics. She earned her PhD from Columbia University in Molecular and Developmental Biology and then received her MPH in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.