Chief, Division of Research
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cell Biology, University of Southern California (1989)
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Genetics, University of Southern California (1987)
Ph.D., University of Utah (1984)
BA, Point Loma College (1978)
Research in Dr. Robin Leach’s laboratory focuses primarily on urologic cancers including prostate, bladder and testicular. For prostate cancer, the work centers on identify better markers for progression and outcome, with the long term goal of developing biomarkers that will assist clinically in distinguishing between indolent versus aggressive disease. In addition to the prognostic marker work, Dr. Leach’s laboratory works to validate existing biomarkers for prostate cancer with the goal of utilizing them in informed decision making. For bladder cancer, the effort is focused on determining the effects of obesity on bladder cancer progression; this work could ultimately lead to new therapeutic approaches for treating bladder cancer. Dr. Leach is a molecular geneticist by training and has worked on the genetics of several complex diseases. Recently, this work has been expanded to project in pharmacogenetics and health disparity. As the Chief of the Division of Research for the Department of Urology, she is very interested in better understanding why specific ethnic groups do not respond equivalently to therapies for benign urologic disease such as benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH).