Carreira Erick

Zurich, Switzerland

Prof. Erick M. Carreira obtained a B.S. degree in 1984 from the University of Illinois at Urbana- Champaign under the supervision of Scott E. Denmark and a Ph.D. degree in 1990 from Harvard University under the supervision of David A. Evans.

After carrying out postdoctoral work with Peter Dervan at the California Institute of Technology through late 1992, he joined the faculty at the same institution as an assistant professor of chemistry and subsequently was promoted to the rank of associate professor of chemistry in the Spring of 1996, and full professor in Spring 1997.  

Since September 1998, he has been professor of chemistry at the ETH Zürich in the Institute of Organic Chemistry.

Since 2011, he has been also been a Member of the Competence Center for Systems Physiology and Metabolic Diseases at ETH-Zürich.

He is the recipient of numerous awards, most recently, election as Member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences; Lieben Award by the Austrian Chemical Society; Ziegler Award Lecture, MPI Mulheim, DE; Tischler Award Lecture, Harvard University; Gassman Award Lecture, University of Minnesota; Seymour Rothchild Lecture Award, European Research Commission Award, the ACS Award for Creative Work in Synthetic Organic Chemistry; A. Cruishank Lecturer, Gordon Research Conferences; DSM Science and Technology Award; Tetrahedron Chair; Tetrahedron Young Investigator Award; Thieme Prize, Springer Award, American Chemical Society Award in Pure Chemistry, and Nobel Laureate Signature Award.  

Professor Carreira has authored over 325 publications and 30 patents. He has mentored in his laboratory 142 undergraduates, 98 doctoral students, and 79 post-doctoral associates.

He is an associate editor with Organic Letters, Thieme Verlag (Synfacts and Synthesis), and Organic Synthesis.

Together with colleagues at ETH Zurich he has co-founded three companies: Lipideon, SpiroChem, and Glycemicon. He is a consultant for companies in North America, Europe, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Asia, and Africa.