Ariel VanLeuven

Ariel VanLeuven

Academic Appointment(s)

Medical College of Georgia
Department of Cellular Biology and Anatomy

Medical College of Georgia
Department of MCG-UGA Medical Partnership



I grew up in Covington, GA and attended the University of Georgia where I earned a B.S. in Cellular Biology. I continued my education/training at UGA and earned a PhD in Cellular Biology. My dissertation project involved using molecular approaches such as CRISPR-Cas9 to better understand the role of GABA during nervous system development in zebrafish. As a graduate student, I was the Gross Anatomy Lab TA at the AU/UGA Medical Partnership, which is where my passion for teaching really developed. After completing my PhD, I spent a year and a half as a Visiting Professor of Biology at Emory University’s Oxford Campus teaching undergraduate Biology and Genetics courses. I'm now an Assistant Professor of Cellular Biology & Anatomy here at AU.

  • (706) 713-2176
  • HSC Russell Hall, Room 163


  • Ph.D., Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology University of Georgia, 2018

  • BS, Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology University of Georgia, 2013


  • Interdisciplinary Certificate in University Teaching University of Georgia Graduate School & Center for Teaching and Learning, 2018

Courses Taught Most Recent Academic Year

  • ANAT 5005

    Clinical Anat & Teach Skills
  • MEDI 5156

    Mod 2: Musculoskeletal
  • MEDI 5161

    Mod 3: Brain & Behavior
  • MEDI 5151

    Module 1: Fundamentals

Teaching Interests

My teaching interests are in Anatomy, Developmental Biology/Embryology, and Genetics.


Selected Recent Publications

  • A multi-year evaluation of medical student performance on and perceptions of collaborative gross anatomy laboratory examinations., 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Teaching perspectives on the communication of difficult news of genetic conditions to medical students, 2023
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Imaging neural events in zebrafish larvae with linear structured illumination light sheet microscopy., 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • Bypassing Glutamic Acid Decarboxylase 1 (GAD1) Induced Craniofacial Defects with a Photoactivatable Translation Blocker Morpholino, 2019
    Journal Article, Academic Journal
  • A PAGE screening approach for identifying CRISPR-Cas9-induced mutations in zebrafish, 2018
    Journal Article, Academic Journal

Research Interests

My research interests are in assessment approaches for anatomy as well as how medical students perceive assessment approaches.