David Leitch

David  Leitch
Associate Professor
Office: Elliott 308

BSc (UBC), PhD (UBC), PDF (McGill), NSERC PDF (Caltech), Investigator/Scientific Leader (GlaxoSmithKline)

Area of expertise

Organic synthesis, catalysis, high-throughput experimentation, process chemistry, mechanism


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.

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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.