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Spelman College Healthcare Summit Speakers

Leyte Winfield, Ph.D.

Leyte Winfield

Leyte Winfield is associate professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry and Division Chair for the Division of Natural Sciences and Mathematics at Spelman College. She is a teacher, mentor, and scholar dedicated to nurturing potential and empowering agency in women of African descent pursuing careers in STEM.  

She has been on faculty at Spelman College since 2003. During this time, she has established a research program that investigates the relationship between the structure of a molecule, particularly benzimidazoles, and its utility as a therapeutic agent against breast, ovarian, and prostate cancers. Her research has been recognized by the American Association of Cancer Research and the Council for Undergraduate Research and has been funded in part by the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation.  

Her leadership experience extends across and beyond the academic environment. As chair of the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Spelman College, Winfield led the department's efforts to broaden the curriculum to meet the ideals of a liberal arts education while simultaneously providing students with resources that promote improved engagement and performance in the majors. In addition to her role as department chair, her record of leadership has included service as interim associate provost of research, as well as directorships for programmatic efforts geared toward improving diversity in STEM.