Dr. Mary Leonard
Dr. Mary Leonard joined the Division in 2014 as Associate Dean of Maternal and Child Health Research. Her multidisciplinary research program is primarily focused on the impact of chronic diseases on bone metabolism and nutrition, with an emphasis on changes in body composition and skeletal density and structure during growth, and in the context of chronic kidney disease and glucocorticoid therapy. She has maintained continuous NIH funding for 17 years. She is the Founding Director of the Stanford Assessment of Bone and Muscle across the Ages (SAMBA) Lab. The SAMBA Lab houses state-of-the-art equipment for studies of bone microarchitecture, body composition, and muscle strength. As evidence of her success as a mentor, she recently renewed her NIDDK K24 award that supports these activities. She also served/serves as the primary mentor on multiple NIH and Foundation career development grants, including (3) F32, (1) K07, and (5) K23 awards. She is also Co-Director of the weekly clinical research in nephrology work-in-progress seminar that is attended by fellows, junior faculty and biostatisticians.