Group News

June 2018

Incoming PhD student Allison Devitt joins the Scheidt Lab for a rotation.  Welcome!

May 2018

Congratulations to Alec Friswold whose proposal has been awarded a Weinberg College 2018 Undergraduate Summer Research Grant!

Congratulations to Javan Whitney-Warner whose proposal has been awarded a McCormick Undergraduate Summer Research Grant!

Ansoo and Rick’s work on catalytic, enantioselective cross-dehydrogenative coupling was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society! Congratulations!

February 2018

Richard Squitieri joins the Scheidt lab as a post-doctoral fellow. Welcome!

Brice and Kris’ work on conjugate additions of amines to maleimides via cooperative catalysis was published in Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis! Congratulations!

January 2018

Brice’s work on calcium(II)-catalyzed enantioselective conjugate additions of amines was published in Chemical Science!  Congratulations, Brice!

Katie and Ashley’s review on NHC-catalyzed γ-butyrolactone synthesis was published in Chemical Society Reviews.  Great work!

November 2017

Karl Scheidt is named a 2017 Highly Cited Researcher by Clarivate; ranking in the top 1% by citations for field and publication year. Congratulations to Karl and the lab!

Graduate students Keegan Fitzpatrick and Ada Kwong join the lab.  Welcome!

Congratulations to graduate student Ben Schwamb for successfully defending his thesis!

September 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow Adam Csakai joins the Scheidt lab.  Welcome!

August 2017

Incoming PhD student Ashley Ives joins the Scheidt Lab for a rotation.  Welcome!

Katie’s work on lactonization of α-ketoesters via a cooperative ternary catalyst system was published in Advanced Synthesis & Catalysis!  Congratulations, Katie!

June 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow Katie Murauski departs for her new position at AbbVie as a discovery chemist. Congrats, Katie!

MSTP student Meghan Orr joins the group for a rotation.  Welcome!

Recent Scheidt lab infrastructure enhancements–facilitated by Louis and Rick together with the Office for Research Safety–were profiled by Northwestern Research News.

May 2017

Congratulations to Greg Krzywicki whose proposal has been awarded a Weinberg College Summer Research Grant.

April 2017

Best of luck to graduate student Todd Hovey, who has successfully defended his thesis and will be headed to AbbVie as a process chemist. Congrats, Todd!

March 2017

Kris’ work on probing structural insights into MEK kinase isoform selectivity was just published in ACS Chemical Biology! More to come from this exciting area of research…Congrats Kris!

Rick’s and Eric’s work on the development of a biocatalytic route to enantioenriched β-Hydroxydioxinones has been published in Advanced Synthesis and Catalysis. Congrats, Rick and Eric!

February 2017

Postdoctoral Fellow Brice Uno departs for his new position at AbbVie as a discovery chemist. Congrats, Brice!

November 2016

Graduate students Rachel Dicken and Eric Miller join the group.  Welcome!

August 2016

Postdoctoral Fellow Susana Lopez joins Scheidt lab. Welcome!

June 2016

Undergraduate Hayden Sharma’s career hits the ground running as his report of a N-heterocyclic carbene-mediated azaindole synthesis is accepted into Chem. Comm. Best of luck at Harvard, Hayden!

March 2016

Congratulations to graduate student Michael Wang on the successful defense of his PhD. Best of luck at Dow Corning!

February 2016

Karl Scheidt is admitted as a Fellow of The Royal Society of Chemistry.

The ACS Divisions of Organic Chemistry and Biochemistry grant fourth-year students students Ben McDonald and Kristine Deibler travel awards to attend the 2016 National Meeting in San Diego. Nice job to both!

December 2015

Congratulations to graduate students Eric Lee and Bi-Shun Zeng on the successful defense of their PhD theses! Best of luck on your future endeavours. We’ll miss you!

Postdoctoral associate Matthew O’Connor joins the group. Welcome to the group Matt!

November 2015

Graduate students Rick Betori, Mark Maskeri, Louis Redfern, Alison Bayly, and David Barsoum join the lab. Welcome all!

September 2015

Karl Scheidt is named as a Highly Cited Researcher for 2015 by Thomson Reuters. Karl shares this distinction with 3000 researchers around the world who have authored the greatest amount of reports which are among the top 1% most cited for their subject field and year of publication. Congratulations to Karl and the lab!

July 2015

CMIDD and the Woodruff lab’s collaborative application of in-silico techniques for the identification of small-molecule activin antagonists appears in the Journal of Medicinal Chemistry as a featured cover article.

May 2015

Graduate student Ben McDonald has received a NIH Predoctoral Fellowship. Congratulations Ben!

Our application of chemical synthesis towards the development of new therapeutics for psychiatric disorders is featured in Northwestern News.

Michael, Daniel, and Ben’s work on a cooperative catalytic approach towards enantioselective β-protonation appears in JACS.

April 2015

Our enantioselective total syntheses of alstonine and serpentine appear in Angewandte Chemie International Edition.

March 2015

Graduate student Christopher Price has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations Chris!

A comprehensive overview of our efforts in pyranone natural product synthesis appears in Accounts of Chemical Research.

January 2015

Our recent report detailing the synthesis of a unique planar chiral NHC for catalysis is featured in Chemical & Engineering News.

Former postdoctoral fellow Anna Lee joins Myongji University as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Congratulations Anna!

December 2014

Ben and Antoinette’s manuscript on the biomimetic synthesis of (—)-Isosilybin A appears in Organic Letters as an Editor’s Choice article. Nicely done! DOI here

August 2014

Brice Uno joins the lab as a postdoctoral fellow. Welcome Brice!

July 2014

Our report on a cooperative N-heterocyclic carbene/palladium catalysis system appears in Chemical Science. DOI here

Todd, Chris, and Alex’s work on the NHC-mediated synthesis of 2-aryl indoles appears in Angewante Chemie International Edition. DOI here

Our manuscript on our NHC-mediated asymmetric synthesis of dihydroquinolones appears in The Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI here

June 2014

Qing Fang Cheng, Professor at Huaihai Institute of Technology, will be conducting research with the Scheidt group for the next five months. Welcome Qing Fang!

Edward Hall joins Scheidt Research Group as a postdoctoral fellow.  Welcome Eddie!

Samuel Schneck (WCAS ’16) is awarded a Chemistry of Life Processes Lambert Fellowship.  Congratulations Manny!

April 2014

Graduate student Kristine Deibler has received an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. Congratulations Kristine!

Congratulations to Samuel Schneck whose proposal has been awarded a Northwestern University Summer 2014 Undergraduate Research Grant.

January 2014

Former graduate student Daniel Cohen has been selected as one of two recipients for the departmental Award for Excellence in Graduate Research. Congratulations Daniel!

December 2013

New graduate student Christopher Price joins the lab.  Welcome Christopher!

September 2013

Graduate student Eric Lee has been selected for appointment to the Chemistry of Life Processes Predoctoral Training Grant. Congratulations Eric!

July 2013

Our manuscript on a dual Lewis base strategy for carbene-catalyzed annulations appears in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI here

June 2013

Our manuscript on the enantioselective synthesis of the anticancer rotenoid deguelin appears in Chem. Sci. DOI here

Scheidt Research Group member Daniel Cohen has been named a finalist for the international Reaxys PhD Prize. Congratulations Daniel!

April 2013

Scheidt Research Group undergrads Alexander Wong, Xinyi Marta Yu, Liam Conway-Pearson, and Alexandra Sipher were each awarded a Northwestern University Summer 2013 Undergraduate Research Grant.  Many congratulations to Alexander, Marta, Liam and Alexandra!

March 2013

Our manuscript on Zwitterionic MOFs appears in CrystEngComm. DOI here

Karl is a course director in a new R25 NIH course “Training in Neurotherapeutics Discovery and Development for Academic Scientists”. Link:

February 2013

Former post-doc Juli Gibbs-Davis has been selected as a Sloan research fellow. Congratulations Juli!

January 2013

Anna Lee and Paul Siu join Scheidt Research Group as postdoctoral fellows.  Welcome Anna and Paul!

December 2012

New graduate students Kris Deibler, Ben McDonald, and Ben Schwamb  join the lab.  Welcome Ben, Kris, and Ben!

October 2012

Karl Scheidt quoted in article for C&EN entitled “Chemists Approach Elusive Breslow Intermediate”. Read the article ->

September 2012

Kun Liu starts in the lab as a post-doctoral fellow.  Welcome Kun!

Chris Check joins Scheidt Lab as a post-doctoral fellow.  Welcome Chris!

August 2012

Ane Orue Danobeitia, graduate student from the University of the Basque Country Spain, will be spending twelve weeks performing research with the Scheidt Group.  Welcome Ane!

Scheidt Group will be highlighted in the September 2012 issue of SYNFACTS, a monthly publication summarizing current research results in synthetic organic chemistry as they appear in primary literature. The article, titled “Catalytic Dynamic Kinetic Resolutions with N-Heterocyclic Carbenes: Asymmetric Synthesis of Highly Substituted β-Lactones”, orginally appeared in Angew. Chem Int. Ed. 2012, 51, 7309-7313. SYNFACTS DOI.

Brian Goess, Associate Professor at Furman University, will be spending the next few months doing research with the Scheidt Group.  Welcome Brian!

Ashkaan Younai starts in the lab as a post-doctoral fellow.  Welcome Ash!

Former Post-Doc Chad Eichman joins Loyola University as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry.  Congratulations Chad!

Former graduate student Troy Reynolds starts work at Gilead as a Research Scientist.  Congratulations Troy!

July 2012

Karl Scheidt presents at The 19th International Conference on Organic Synthesis.  ICOS19 was held in conjunction with the 24th Royal Australian Chemical Institute Organic Conference (RACIOC24) in Melbourne, Australia on July 1-6, 2012.

June 2012

Congratulations to David Elmets and Christine Johnson, who have been selected by the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences to receive Summer URGs in support of their independent projects! Weinberg Undergraduate Research Grants (Summer URG) are made to Weinberg sophomores and juniors to cover research and living expenses for an eight-week summer period. David and Christine will be working on their projects in Scheidt Lab during the summer of 2012.

On Friday, June 8, the Lurie Cancer Center will host the 2012 H Foundation Basic Science Symposium: How Tumors Grow. The symposium, which attracts a broad audience of researchers and physicians from around the region and country, will discuss topics of relevance to tumor growth. More information here.

May 2012

The Japan Society  for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) awards Karl Scheidt a JSPS Invitation Fellowship for Research in Japan (Short-Term).

April 2012

Congratulations to Charles Manzoni, who has been selected to receive a Northwestern University Undergraduate Research Grant (Summer URG) in support of his project: “Asymmetric Synthesis of the biologically active molecule Secologanin”. Charlie will spend eight weeks in Scheidt Lab during the summer of 2012 working on his project.

New Drug Stops Spread of Prostate Cancer
Karl Scheidt helps develop a drug that stops the spread of prostate cancer.  Read the NewsCenter Story here.

Karl Scheidt to present “New Discoveries with Carbene Catalysis: Beyond the Benzoin and Stetter Reactions” to The Philadelphia Organic Chemists Club (POCC) on April 19, 2012 at 8:00 PM in Carolyn Hoff Lynch Lecture Hall, Chemistry Building, University of Pennsylvania. Abstract here

March 2012

Former undergraduate Kolby White (now at MIT) has been awarded a 2012 NSF Predoctoral Fellowship.  Congratulations Kolby!

February 2012

Former Post-Doc Dr. Julien Dugal-Tessier starts work at Agensys, Inc.  Congratulations Julien!

January 2012

Former Post-Doc Dr. Chris Thomas starts work at Sigma-Aldrich. Congratulations Chris!

Former Post-Doc Dr. Jon Brekan starts work at Elevance Renewable Technologies. Congratulations Jon!

November 2011

Michael Wang, Eric Lee, Todd Hovey, and Bi-shun Zeng join the group as G1 students. Welcome first years!

Karl is named an AAAS Fellow. Congratulations Karl!

October 2011

Dr. Ki Po Jang and Dr. Gerri Hutson start in the lab as post-doctoral fellows. Welcome Ki Po and Gerri!

September 2011

Our review on NHC/Lewis Acid Cooperative Catalysis appears in Chem. Sci. DOI here

Our manuscript on controlling catenation in MOFs appears in Cryst. Growth Des. DOI here

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