Debbie Leung

Bio Outline


  • Fellow
  • Quantum Information Science


  • University of Waterloo
Department of Combinatorics and Optimization


  • Canada


PhD (Physics), Stanford University
BS (Physics/Mathematics), California Institute of Technology


Debbie Leung is a physicist who investigates various aspects of theoretical quantum information processing.

A significant focus of her work involves the quantum information processing capacities of abstract or physical resources, such as the capacity to communicate quantum information using the dual resources of entanglement and quantum/classical channels (remote state preparation and superdense coding of quantum states); the capacity of nonlocal interactions to communicate quantum/classical information; and the capacity to generate entanglement and perform quantum computation.

Leung is also interested in cryptographic applications of quantum information, including composability of important quantum protocols; methods for quantum state encryption and authentication and secure key recycling in such protocols; quantum data hiding; and quantum key distribution. Other work involves variation of measurement-based quantum computation, fault-tolerant quantum computation, and error correcting codes.

Leung’s long-term interests include various quantum or classical correlations in quantum systems, solution state NMR quantum computation and quantum process tomography.


University Research Chair, University of Waterloo, 2015

Canada Research Chair in Quantum Communication, 2005

IBM Graduate Fellowship, 1998–2000

Relevant Publications

Change, I.L. et al. "Experimental realization of a quantum algorithm." Nature 393, no. 6681 (1998): 143–46.