Leyte Winfield, Ph.D
Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry
Vice-Chair, Department of Chemistry
Director, ExxonMobil WISE Scholars Program
Albro-Falconer-Manley Science Center, Room 374
350 Spelman LN, SW
Box 231 Atlanta GA, 30314
Dr. Leyte Winfield is a teacher, scholar, and mentor whose strives to expose people to the beauty and versatility of chemistry and to nurture the potential of women of color interested in pursuing a degree in chemistry.
In 1997, she received a commission in the United States Army Reserve where she obtained the rank of captain and was assigned to the Army Medical Institute of Chemical Defense before resigning her commission in September of 2009. Academically, she pursued the study of chemistry with the hope of becoming a cosmetic scientist.
As a synthetic organic chemist, she has experience in academic, industrial, and military laboratories and expertise in the various aspects of medicinal drug design, instrumental methods, and synthetic techniques. She has mentored K-12, undergraduate, and post-baccalaureate students and post-doctoral associates in teaching and research projects since 2004.
Post-Doc, Florida A&M University, Medicinal Chemistry
Ph.D., University of New Orleans, Organic Chemistry
B.S., Dillard University, Chemistry
Her current research interest is to understand how the structure of a molecule, particularly benzimidazoles, impacts it ability to be used as a chemotherapeutic for breast and prostate cancer. Her efforts have been recognized by the American Association of Cancer Research and the Council for Undergraduate Research and have been funded in part by the National Institute Health, the Department of Energy, and the National Science Foundation.
She holds two (2) patents covering more than 150 small molecules and her work has been published in leading industry journals. Areas of Research Expertise: Organic Chemistry, Medicinal Chemistry, Pharmaceutical Chemistry, and Cheminformatics