LeeCole Legette, PhD

Faculty Mentor

LeeCole Legette PhD 

LeeCole Legette, PhD
Peer Mentor since 2011
Faculty Mentor since 2012


Dr. Legette is a senior research nutritionist at Pharmavite with product responsibility and scientific overview for several key brands in the Nature Made brand portfolio of vitamin and mineral supplements. She received my BS in Food Science with emphasis on food microbiology from Cornell University. Dr. Legette completed her graduate work at Purdue University and received PhD in Food Science & Nutrition with an emphasis on nutritional biochemistry. She has also conducted post-doctoral work on botanicals and type II diabetes at the Linus Pauling Institute at Oregon State University and has had previous industry experience at 3M, Kraft Foods, and Nabisco. Dr. Legette has research expertise in the following areas: animal models of disease, biochemistry, botanicals, bone health, clinical studies. mass spectrometry, metabolic disease, molecular biology. nutrition, and pharmacology. She is currently a member of two FASEB societies: American Society of Nutrition and American Society of Pharmacology & Experimental Therapeutics.

Dr. LeeCole Legette has had a variety of mentoring experiences with diverse populations that enables her to serve as a great asset for the FASEB MARC Peer Mentoring Program. During her undergraduate studies, LeeCole mentored high school students (incoming college freshman) in a nanobiotechnology summer research program at Cornell University. To enhance her mentoring skills, LeeCole focused on one-on-one mentoring during her graduate studies and became involved in her departmental mentoring programs which matched undergraduate students with graduate mentors based on similar interests. In her post-doctoral work, Dr. Legette served as a committee member and honors thesis mentor for under represented minority students at Oregon State University (OSU) as part of the University Honors College. She also served as a faculty advisor for the Black Graduate Student Association at OSU from 2012-2014 and participates in undergraduate outreach programs such as workshops describing details for success in graduate school. LeeCole looks forward to continued engagement with students at the ABRCMS conference.


Mentor's Motivational Message

“You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it. ”  - Maya Angelou



Contact Information
Affiliation:  Sr. Research Nutritionist
 Pharmavite LLC
8510 Balboa Blvd Suite 100
Northridge, California 91325
Phone:  818-221-6456
Fax:  818-221-6220
Email:  llegette@pharmavite.net
FASEB Society Member:  ASN, ASPET
Scientific Discipline:  Nutrition
ABRCMS 2014 Mentor:  YES

Breaking the Ice - LeeCole's "Q&A"

 What’s your favorite season? 

 Spring because it signals a new start …a rebirth of sorts with flowers budding, longer days with sunshine and gentle breezes.
 What’s your favorite line from a movie?

 “Get busy living or get busy dying.”    The Shawshank Redemption
 If you had to describe yourself in 3 words, what would the 3 words be?
 Loyal.  Persistent.  Energetic.
 Name the song title that best describes your life. 
 Golden by Jill Scott
 What do people like best about you?
 My commitment to see all of my obligations through
 Washington DC / Prince George’s County, MD
 If you could have one super human power, what would it be?  Teleporting
 What quality do you need in order to succeed ? Why?
 I believe one of the most important qualities for success is optimism. You have to have hope to carry you through the obstacles on your way to success.

 What one line would you put on your tombstone?
 "The best is yet to come…off to her craziest journey yet!"

 What was the first car you drove?
 1999 Chevy Cavalier named Mae