Academics: Faculty

Leyte Winfield, Ph.D

Associate Professor of Organic Chemistry
Chair, Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry

Mailing Address:  350 Spelman Lane, SW, Box 231, Atlanta GA, 30314
Email:  lwinfield@spelman.edu

Office: 404-270-5748
Lab: 404-270-6211

Dr. Winfield is a synthetic organic chemist with experience in academic, industrial and military laboratories.  From the combined experiences she has gained expertise in the various aspects of medicinal drug design, instrumental methods and synthetic techniques.

Her current research interest is to understand the relationship of the structure of a molecule, particularly benzimidazoles, to its activity as a chemotherapeutic for cancers that disproportionately impact the African-American community. 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 Institutes of Health. 

She holds six patents covering more than 500 unique small molecules.  Her emerging interest in chemical education has produced two textbooks, several publications, and funding from the national science foundation.