Saucedo’s new book, Getting to Know Your Cells, was illustrated by alumna Maria Jost ’05.

Professor of Biology Leslie Saucedo is on a mission to understand what causes unregulated cell growth in the body—a hallmark of cancer. She’s been sharing her passion for cellular biology with students at Puget Sound for 21 years. Her new book, Getting to Know Your Cells (Springer), was published in July 2023. We caught up with Saucedo to talk about her career path, collaborating with an alumna on the illustrations for her book, and the benefits of studying fruit flies.