Leah Lebowicz, MS, EdD, CMI

Leah Amanda Lebowicz

Program Director, Biomedical Visualization, Biomedical and Health Information Sciences

Clinical Assistant Professor, Biomedical and Health Information Sciences

Office Phone



1919 W. Taylor St., 246 AHSB

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Office Hours

By appointment


Leah Lebowicz, MS, EdD, CMI became Program Director of the BVIS program on Jan. 1, 2022. She joined the BVIS faculty in 2012 and has served as Associate Program Director of BVIS since 2019. As part of the BVIS faculty, Leah previously taught the 3D modeling courses and now teaches all the Visual Learning and Thinking courses and research courses in the program. In addition, she has served as a research chair and committee member on numerous Master student research projects. The research topics she and her students have investigated have involved a large variety of topics and mediums.

Leah received her MS in BVIS from UIC in 2012 and her EdD in Adult Education from Capella University in 2020. As part of her doctoral work, she created a wellness program for BVIS students that establishes a supportive culture around mental health where students are not alone in their struggles. The creation of this program, based on current scientific and educational studies, empowers students to take charge of their own wellness, to stay in touch with their needs and to provide them with strategies to deal with the challenges they may face.

Selected Grants

Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Advancing Open Educational ReSources and Visual Pedagogy for DIveRse StudEnts: (ASPIRE) , Key Personnel/ Collaborator

Selected Publications

“• Arena, R., Bond, S., Calvo, I. R., Lebowicz, L., Ozemek, C., Severin, R., Laddu, D., Faghy, M. A., Lavie, C. J., Carbone, S., & HL-PIVOT Network (2021). Shelter from the cytokine storm: Healthy living is a vital preventative strategy in the COVID-19 era. Progress in cardiovascular diseases, S0033-0620(21)00066-9. Advance online publication. ”,

“• Miyamoto, M., Milkowski, D.M., Young, C.D., & Lebowicz, L.A. (2019). Developing a virtual lab to teach essential biology laboratory techniques. Journal of Biocommunication, 43 (1), 23- 31.”,

“• Milman, E., Daugherty, J., Alemseged, Z., Brennan, K., & Lebowicz, L.A. (2019). Visualization of a Juvenile Australopithecus afarensis Specimen: Implications for Functional Foot Anatomy. Journal of Biocommunication, 43(2).”,

“• Selagea, A., Lebowicz, L., Bond, S., & Daugherty, J. (2019). Using Drawing as an Active Engagement Tool to Empower Learners and Promote Teaching of Health Topics. Journal of Biocommunication, 43(2).”,

Notable Honors

2019 - • Literary Award for Developing a Virtual Lab to Teach Essential Biology Laboratory Techniques. , Association of Medical Illustrators

2018 - Excalibur Award for Teaching Excellence, College of Applied Health Sciences Student Council, University of Illinois at Chicago

2018 - 2017-2018 UIC Teaching Recognition Program (TRP) Award, Center for the Advancement of Teaching-Learning Communities, University of Illinois at Chicago

2013 - First Prize Materialise Mimics Innovation Award, Open Category, Materialise Mimics Innovation Suite


EdD in Adult Education, Capella University, 2020
MS in Biomedical Visualization, University of Illinois at Chicago, 2012
BA in Studio Art, University of Texas at Austin, 2010