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Christine Le, Ph.D.

Current Appointments

Assistant Professor

York University, Department of Chemistry

Email: cmle[at]

Academic Training

Postdoctoral Fellow with F. Dean Toste (2017 – 2019)

University of California, Berkeley

Ph.D. with Mark Lautens (2012 – 2016)

University of Toronto

M.Sc. with Vy Dong (2011 – 2012)

University of Toronto

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Christine was born in Calgary, Alberta, but spent most her life in southern Ontario. She attended Western University as an undergraduate student and moved to the University of Toronto for graduate studies. She obtained a M.Sc. degree with Professor Vy Dong working on rhodium-catalyzed hydroacylation and pursued a Ph.D. in the group of Professor Mark Lautens. During her time there, she developed new methods for the synthesis of vinyl halides using palladium catalysis with funding provided by the NSERC Julie Payette and Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarships. As an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellow, Christine pursued training in the area of chiral anion catalysis in the lab of Professor F. Dean Toste at UC Berkeley. In 2020, Christine returned back to Canada to start her independent career at York University.


  • 2022: Petro-Canada Emerging Innovator Award

  • 2017: NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship

  • 2016: Boehringer Ingelheim Award of Excellence in Organic Chemistry

  • 2015: Croft Teaching Award

  • 2015: Torontonian of the Year by Post City Magazines (link)

  • 2015: Forbes' 30 Under 30 List in Science (link)

  • 2013: Scientific American's 30 Under 30 List in Chemistry (link)

  • 2013: Alexander Graham Bell Canada Graduate Scholarship 

  • 2012: Julie Payette NSERC Research Scholarship

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