Leslie was born in Wichita Falls but grew up in Dallas. She attended the University of North Texas double majoring in Biology and Spanish with a minor in Chemistry. Here she began her research career and was a student assistant at UNT for 1 year and also received a SURF fellowship to study at UTSW during the summer. After graduation she moved to Spain for two years to teach English before returning to Dallas to pursue her dreams of becoming a scientist. She is very interested in cancer research and microbiology. Her favorite thing about science is that every day you are able to learn something new and continually gain knowledge. She plans to pursue her doctoral degree in the future.