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Robert Cary Leif

Robert Cary Leif, American biomedical engineer, entrepreneur.


  • Leif, Robert Cary was born on February 27, 1938 in New York City. Son of Leonard and Raechel Leif.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Chicago, 1959. Doctor of Philosophy, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, 1964.


    • Post doctoral fellow University California, Los Angeles, 1964—1966, research associate, 1966—1967. Assistant professor chemistry Florida State University, Tallahassee, 1967—1971. Senior scientist Papanicolaou Cancer Research Institute, Miami, 1971—1981.

      Associate professor microbiology and immunology University Miami, Coral Gables, 1976—1993, associate professor oncology, 1980—1993, professor biomedical engineering, 1988—1993. Principal scientist Coulter Corporation, Hialieh, 1981—1983. Vice president and director research Newport Instruments, San Diego, since 1993.

      Chief technical officer Bedford & Leif, since 1993. Member editorial staff Analytical and Quantitative Cytology and Histology, Chicago, 1978—2005. Member Comprehensive Cancer Center University Miami, Florida, 1981—1993.

      Director Britt Electronics, Santa Monica, California, 1981—1983. Associate editor Cytometry, 1981—1993. Chief scientist Center Health Technologies State of Florida, Miami, 1990—1993.

      Conference chair International Society Optical Engineering, Bellingham, Washington, since 1996. Chair science advisory committee Phoenix Flow Systems, San Diego, since 2000. Conference chair special interest group Ada Association Computing Machinery, New York City, 2003.

    Major achievements

    • Achievements include development of detection of DNA synthesis by the use of an antibody against 5-Bromodeoxyuridine. Development of lanthanide complexes as labels for the detection of analytes. Development of electro-optical transducers for the clinical counting and analyzing blood leukocytes and other cells.

      Development of a centrifugal technique and instrument to produce wet fixed, stained monolayers of cells on slides. Patents in field.


    • Contributor scientific papers to professional journals.


    Committee member Southeastern San Diego Planning Committee, since 2003. Board member Central Commercial District Revitalization Corporation, since 2002, Alvarado Estates, since 2003. Member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, International Academy Cytology (professional member), American Society Cytopathology, Association Computer Machinery, International Society Analytical Cytology, Sigma Xi.



    Medical software standards.


    • Married Suzanne Bedford, June 22, 1963. Children: Liza Celia, Stephanie Hardie.
    • father: Leonard Leif
    • mother: Raechel Leif
    • spouse: Suzanne Bedford
    • children: Liza Celia Leif
    • Stephanie Hardie Leif
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    Born February 27, 1938
    • 1959
      University Chicago
    • 1964
      California Institute of Technology
    • 1964 - 1966
      Post doctoral fellow, University California
    • 1967 - 1971
      assistant, professor chemistry Florida State University
      Tallahassee, Florida, United States
    • 1971 - 1981
      senior, scientist Papanicolaou Cancer Research Institute
      Miami, Florida, United States
    • 1976 - 1993
      associate, professor microbiology and immunology University Miami
      Coral Gables, Cayman Islands
    • 1981 - 1983
      principal scientist, Coulter Corporation
    • 1993
      vice president, and director research Newport Instruments
      San Diego, California, United States
    • 1993
      chief technical officer, Bedford & Leif
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