Debbie Leung

Debbie Leung
Faculty, Canada Research Chair

Debbie 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 B.S. in Ph/Ma 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

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

Teaching affiliations

  • Undergraduate and graduate courses, Departments of Math and Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo


  • 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, 2005–2010
  • Richard C. Tolman Postdoctoral Fellowship in Theoretical Physics, Caltech, 2002-2005
  • Croucher Foundation Fellowship, 2002-2005

Major positions

Title Location When
Associate Professor Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo 2010-Present
Assistant Professor Department of Combinatorics and Optimization, University of Waterloo 2005-2010
Faculty Member IQC 2005-Present
Quantum Information Processing Program member Canadian Institute For Advanced Research 2005-Present
Affiliate Member Perimeter Institute 2005-Present

Masters Student

Honghao Fu
Honghao Fu

Graduate Research Assistant

Dave Touchette
Dave Touchette

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Bingjie Wang
Bingjie Wang