Demar Pitter Summer Law Student


Speaks:  English


Primary office:  Ottawa



Demar Pitter

Demar Pitter is a second-year summer student in Gowling WLG’s Ottawa Office. He is enrolled in the English Common Law program at the University of Ottawa.

Before pursuing a law degree, Demar worked as a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Chemistry and Biomolecular Sciences at the University of Ottawa. His work focused on synthesizing resveratrol derivatives to evaluate their antioxidant capabilities under biological conditions. Additionally, Demar studied the photodynamic therapy potential of novel acridinium dyes under biological conditions.

Demar holds a PhD in organic chemistry from the University of Miami. His dissertation focused on the synthesis and optical properties of novel turn-on, fluorescent nuclear stains with live-cell compatibility. In addition, Demar has authored several scientific publications based on his research as a graduate student and as a researcher in the Pulmonary Genomics laboratory at the University of Maryland. He has also garnered awards for his role as a teaching assistant for both organic chemistry laboratory and recitation courses.

Demar is committed to pursuing a career in intellectual property (IP) law after obtaining a PhD in organic chemistry and experiencing fruitful endeavours in scientific research. He decided to pursue a JD as it became evident in his work as a scientist the value IP lawyers bring to the commercial viability of scientific research.

In his spare time, Demar enjoys playing tennis, soccer, basketball and travelling.

Career & Recognition

Filter timeline:
  • 2023

    • Education
       2023
      University of Ottawa, Faculty of Law, Common Law, JD (expected)
  • 2016

    • Education
       2016
      University of Miami, Ph.D. Chemistry
  • 2009

    • Education
       2009
      Towson University, B.Sc. Molecular Biology, Biochemistry and Bioinformatics & General Chemistry
  • N-methylcarbamate pesticides and their phenolic degradation products: hydrolytic decay, sequestration and metal complexation studies. Journal of Environmental Science and Health, Part B · Nov 28, 2018 (https://doi.org/10.1080/03601234.2018.1531659)
  • A New Design Strategy and Diagnostic to Tailor the DNA-Binding Mechanism of Small Organic Molecules and Drugs. ACS Chem. Biol. 2016, 11, 11, 3202–3213 (https://doi.org/10.1021/acschembio.6b00448)
  • Two-Photon spectroscopy as a new sensitive method for determining the DNA Binding mode of fluorescent nuclear dyes. J. Am. Chem. Soc. 2015, 137, 29, 9198–9201 (https://doi.org/10.1021/jacs.5b02674)
  • One probe, two-channel imaging of nuclear and cytosolic compartments with orange and red emissive dyes. Org. Biomol. Chem., 2015,13, 9477-9484 (https://doi.org/10.1039/C5OB01428J)
  • Base pair sensitivity and enhanced on/off ratios of DNA-binding: Donor-Acceptor-Donor fluorophores. J. Phys. Chem. B 2013, 117, 40, 12000–12006 (https://doi.org/10.1021/jp406993m)
  • Turn-On, fluorescent nuclear stains with live cell compatibility. Org. Lett. 2013, 15, 6, 1330–1333 (https://doi.org/10.1021/ol400268t)
  • Common ADRB2 haplotypes derived from 26 polymorphic sites direct β2-adrenergic receptor expression and regulation phenotypes. PloS One. 2010, 5, 7, e11819 (https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0011819)