David Leitch

David Leitch

Assistant Professor

BSc 2004 (UBC)
PhD 2010 (UBC)
PDF 2010-2012 (McGill)
NSERC PDF 2012-2014(Caltech)
Investigator/Scientific Leader
2014-2018 (GlaxoSmithKline)
Office: ELL 308
Phone: +1 250-472-4547
Fax: +1 250-721-7147


The central goal of the Leitch group research program is to map chemical space: understanding the mechanistic complexities of entire reaction classes, predicting the performance of catalysts, and developing new methods to access truly novel chemical matter. We achieve this by a combination of state-of-the-art high-throughput experimentation and data analytics, physical organic chemistry, and synthesis using both batch and flow chemistry approaches. We seek not only to develop a deep fundamental understanding of organic reaction systems, but to apply this knowledge to practical problems at the forefront of drug discovery and development.

Google Scholar: https://scholar.google.ca/citations?hl=en&user=GdnQxpAAAAAJ
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/david-leitch-6411b951/


Dave is enthusiastic about teaching all aspects of organic chemistry, including physical and mechanistic aspects, synthesis and catalysis, and applications in drug discovery and development.