Faculty, Professor, Canada Research Chair

Debbie Leung

Debbie Leung joined the Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) and the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization at the University of Waterloo in 2005. Before that, she was a Tolman postdoctoral fellowship at the Institute of Quantum Information, California Institute of Technology (Caltech), after spending four months at the Workshop on Quantum Computation, September-December 2002, at the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute, Berkeley, and a two-year stay at the Physics of Information group at the IBM TJ Watson Research Center, 2000-2002. After a BSc in Phys/Math from Caltech in 1995, she did a PhD in Physics at Stanford under the supervision of Professor Yoshihisa Yamamoto and Professor Isaac Chuang.

Current projects and research expertise

  • Quantum cryptography
  • Quantum communications
  • Measurement-based quantum computation
  • Fault-tolerant quantum computation and error correction

Teaching affiliations

  • Undergraduate courses for the Faculty of Math and the Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo, and graduate courses for the Institute for Quantum Computing

Degrees

  • PhD in Physics, Stanford University, 2000
  • BSc in Physics and Mathematics, California Institute of Technology, 1995

Awards & honours

  • Tier II Canada Research Chair in Quantum Communications, 2005–2015
  • Richard C. Tolman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Physics, Caltech, 2002-2005
  • Croucher Foundation Fellowship, 2002-2005

Major positions

Title Location When
Professor Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo 2015-present
Associate Professor Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo 2010-2015
Assistant Professor Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo 2005-2010
Faculty Member Institute for Quantum Computing (IQC) 2005-present
Quantum Information Processing Program member Canadian Institute For Advanced Research (CIFAR) 2005-present
Affiliate Member Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics 2005-present
Affiliation: 
University of Waterloo
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