61 Sever Street
Worcester, MA 01609
Chair, Department of Natural Sciences, Assistant Professor of Biology
Divison: Liberal Arts
Leah S. Brault, Ph.D., is the chair of the Department of Natural Sciences and an Assistant Professor of Biology. Raised on a working farm in the Midwest, she allowed her love of animals to guide her career. She holds a B.S. in Animal Science from Cornell University and an M.S. in Animal Science and a Ph.D. in Genetics from the University of California, Davis. Her research focused on identifying the genetic mutation responsible for an inherited neurological disease in Arabian horses known as Equine Cerebellar Abiotrophy. This disease is found in some of the most popular breeding lines of Arabian horses and its increase in prevalence over the last fifteen years has been particularly devastating for some breeders. Dr. Brault was able to identify the mutation and develop a genetic test for the disease that is now widely used in the Arabian breeding industry throughout the world. Breeders are now able to identify carriers of the disease and avoid breedings that would risk producing an affected foal.
Dr. Brault's true passion lies in teaching, and after her doctoral work she served as a lecturer and curriculum fellow at Harvard Medical School. She worked within the Department of Genetics to improve the curriculum for graduate students by improving content, administering courses, developing assessments, and working to implement teaching methods that would enhance the learning experience of students. She is very interested in current educational research and employs a number of active learning techniques in her classroom. Her goal is to engage students and therefore strengthen their retention of the material. She wants students to enjoy the learning experience and become active participants in their own education. Dr. Brault looks forward to bringing her experience in curriculum design and development to Becker's biology program.
Dr. Brault currently teaches anatomy and physiology, genetics, genomics, and First Year Experience at Becker. In her spare time, she enjoys riding and showing her APHA gelding, Khrystian, with her daughter at breed shows throughout New England and is a licensed Massachusetts riding instructor. She also enjoyed competing with her dog, a Leonberger named Sooki, in AKC dog shows until Sooki lost a leg to cancer in 2013. Sooki now is an active ambassador for the Leonberger breed at events throughout greater Boston.