Group Members

Dr. Karl A. Scheidt

About Dr. Karl Scheidt

Karl became interested early in science because of his father, a prominent inorganic chemistry professor at the University of Notre Dame. He received his B.S. at the University of Notre Dame where he began his research career in the laboratories of Professor Marvin J. Miller. His graduate studies were conducted at Indiana University and the University of Michigan under the direction of Professor William R. Roush in the areas of reaction development and the synthesis of the natural product bafilomycin A1. Following his graduate research, he was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Professor David Evans at Harvard University.

Karl joined the faculty at Northwestern University in 2002 and is currently a Professor in the Departments of Chemistry and Pharmacology, Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a fellow of both the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and Royal Society of Chemistry, an American Cancer Society Research Scholar, and received multiple awards from the pharmaceutical industry. During his time at Northwestern, he has trained over 80 postdoctoral fellows and graduate students, over 40 undergraduate students and received both a Distinguished Teaching Award and an Alumnae of Northwestern Teaching professorship, the university’s highest distinction for education. He is also the cofounder of multiple biotech startup companies focused on translating the promise of small molecules to clinical success.


Ph.D. in Organic Chemistry. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, 1999
B.S. in Chemistry. University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1994


Professional Experience

Director, Northwestern Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery (CMIDD), 2010-present
Northwestern University: Professor of Pharmacology, 2015-present
Northwestern University: Professor of Chemistry, 2013-present
Northwestern University: Associate Professor of Chemistry, 2008-2013
Northwestern University: Assistant Professor of Chemistry, 2002-2008


Research Experience

Harvard University: NIH Postdoctoral Fellow with David A. Evans, 1999-2002
Indiana University/University of Michigan: Graduate Research with William R. Roush, 1994-1999
University of Notre Dame: Undergraduate Research with Marvin J. Miller, 1992-1994

Honors and Awards

Fellow, Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC) (2016)
Cornew Innovation Award, Chemistry of Life Processes Institute, Northwestern University (2015)
Northwestern University Graduate School Faculty Award for Diversity (2015)
Dow Chemical Research Professor (2012-2014)
Japanese Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Invitation Fellowship (2012)
Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) (2012)
Jeremiah P. Freeman Lecturer, University of Notre Dame (2011)
Alumnae of Northwestern University Teaching Professor (2009-2012)
Organic Syntheses Distinguished Lecturer, University of Toronto (2009)
Irving Klotz Professor of Chemistry (2008-2010)
GlaxoSmithKline Scholar (2008-2009)
Alfred P. Sloan Fellow (2007-2009)
AstraZenaca Award for Excellence in Chemistry (2007)
Novartis Chemistry Lecture Award (2007)
Amgen Young Investigator Award (2006)
Boehringer-Ingelheim New Investigator Award in Organic Chemistry (2005)
Northwestern University Distinguished Teaching Award (2005)
3M Nontenured Faculty Award (2005)
Abbott Laboratories New Faculty Award (2005)
Amgen New Faculty Award (2004)
National Science Foundation CAREER Award (2004-2008)
Northwestern University Searle Fellow (2003)
National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellowship, Harvard University (1999-2001)
Merck Award, University of Notre Dame (1994)