Leif is from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and earned his B.S. in Forensic and Toxicological Chemistry in 2015 from West Chester University of Pennsylvania. Leif interned at the Pennsylvania Equine Toxicology and Research Laboratory (PETRL) in West Chester, PA performing routine testing of toxicological samples by HPLC-MS and GC-MS. He also did analytical research in the lab of Dr. Tim Starn at West Chester University. Leif is currently pursuing his Ph.D., here at UAlbany in Dr. Halámek’s lab.