Research focus is on designing biomaterials and sensors for tissue engineering applications. Scholarship is of high impact on the bioengineering field and has garnered over 2500 citations. Between 2005-2018, Dr. Leach has mentored 13 graduate students, 47 undergraduates and 13 others (high school students, postdocs, technicians) of which the majority are women and/or from groups underrepresented in the engineering field. She is also a faculty advocate mentor of engineering undergraduates through the Hill-Lopes Scholar Program, CWIT (Center for Women in Technology), and the NSF-funded I-cubed program. Dr. Leach has served on the MARC U*STAR Steering Committee and selection committees for the UMBC Goldwater Fellowship and Undergraduate Research Program. She is also a member of the 4th ADVANCE Leadership Cohort.