Ariel VanLeuven, PhD

Ariel VanLeuven, PhD

Ariel VanLeuven, PhD
Ariel VanLeuven, PhD

Assistant Professor of Cellular Biology and Anatomy

Russell Hall 163

1425 Prince Avenue

Athens, GA 30602



PhD in Cellular Biology: University of Georgia, 2018

BS in Cellular Biology: University of Georgia, 2013

Honors / Awards / Achievements

Interdisciplinary Certificate in Teaching and Learning, University of Georgia, 2018

Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, University of Georgia, 2016

1st Place: UGA Cellular Biology 3-Minute Thesis Competition, 2016

MCG Excellence in Teaching Award (AY 21-22)

AU/UGA Peer-Nominated Teaching Award: Large Group/Anatomy (AY 21-22)

AU/MCG Woman Who Inspires, Women in Medicine Month Campaign (2022)

Selected Publications

VanLeuven, A.J., Szymik, B.G., Ramsey, L.M., and Wenzel-Hesse, D.W. “A multi-year evaluation of medical student performance on and perceptions of collaborative gross anatomy laboratory examinations.” 2023, Anatomical Sciences Education, 16 (3): 557–566.

Vanasse, A.M., Weiler, T., Roth, E.A., Upadhya, S., Toriello, H.V., VanLeuven, A.J., Norris, J.R., Carey, J.C., and Sobering, A.K. “Teaching perspectives on the communication of difficult news of genetic conditions to medical students.” 2023, American Journal of Medical Genetics Part A, 191 (1): 299–305.

O’Connor, M.J., Beebe, L.L., Deodato, D., Ball, R.E., Page, A.T., VanLeuven, A.J., Harris, K.T., Park, S., Lauderdale, J.D., and Dore, T.M. “Bypassing Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase 1 (GAD1) Induced Craniofacial Defects with a Photoactivatable Translation Blocker Morpholino.” 2019, ACS Chemical Neuroscience, 10 (1): 266-278. doi: 10.1021/acschemneuro.8b00231

Liu, Y., Dale, S., Ball, R.E., VanLeuven, A.J., Sornborger, A., Lauderdale, J.D., and Kner, P. “Imaging neural events in zebrafish larvae with linear structured illumination light sheetmicroscopy.” 2019, Neurophotonics, 6 (1): 015009. doi: 10.1117/1.NPh.6.1.015009

VanLeuven, A.J., Park, S., Menke, D.B., and Lauderdale, J.D. “A polyacrylamide gelelectrophoresis (PAGE) screening approach for identifying CRISPR-Cas9 induced mutations in zebrafish.” 2018, BioTechniques, 64 (6): 275-278. doi: 10.2144/btn-2018-0012

Educational Activities

Clinical Gross Anatomy

Embryology & Developmental Biology

Clinical Genetics

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