Leanne Wiedemann, Ph.D., is a staff scientist in the laboratory of Robb Krumlauf, Ph.D. She also serves as the research degree coordinator for the Open University affiliated graduate program at Stowers. She holds an affiliate faculty position in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.
Her research focus is to understand how cells know where they are in the body and what they should become. Wiedemann investigates the regulatory basis of tissue patterning and morphogenesis during development, disease, and evolution. She explores gene networks using diverse genetic, genomic, biochemical, and imaging approaches. She also exploits the extensive conservation in hindbrain and somite segmentation between vertebrates by utilizing a variety of other model systems (human cells, chick, zebrafish, and lamprey) to investigate similarities and differences in patterning processes during vertebrate evolution.