Leslie Holsinger, PhD
Women enabling science to reach the people who need it

Leslie Holsinger, PhD

Leslie Holsinger, PhD
Executive Vice President of Preclinical Development

Cortexyme, Inc.


Why did you choose science as a career?

Early on in school science was by far my favorite subject, and science classes were more fun than work. Longterm I saw that a career in basic science had the potential to change how we understand and treat human disease, making it not just fun but full of the potential for meaningful impact.

Why are you passionate about what you're working on?

Bringing drugs from an idea and bench science all the way into clinical testing, is exhilarating. I am passionate about working on drugs that have the potential to be paradigm changing in Alzheimer's Disease, by taking an innovative approach on newly discovered disease pathology.

What is one piece of advice you’d give to young women in the life science sector?

Seek out supportive and instructive mentors, both men and women, early on in your career and learn and absorb everything you can from them. Be assertive in doing this. Look for opportunities that let you stretch yourself, where your contributions are valued but also where you can work in and learn new areas of expertise and technology so you are always adding to your arsenal of experience.