Center for Molecular Innovation and Drug Discovery

Design. Create. Innovate.


Karl Scheidt, Director

Dr. Scheidt is a Professor of Chemistry, Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Pharmacology, Feinberg School of Medicine. He is a synthetic organic chemist whose research focuses on the development of new catalytic reactions and the total synthesis of molecules with important biological and structural attributes. Dr. Scheidt has led the development of new translational resources for Northwestern, including the creation of ChemCore, a shared resource for medicinal and synthetic chemistry, and the NewCures Accelerator.

Gary Schiltz, Deputy Director

Dr. Schiltz is a Research Professor in CMIDD and Pharmacology, Feinberg School of Medicine.  He is a medicinal chemist, having worked in the private biotech industry prior to joining CMIDD. At Northwestern, he collaborates with faculty on translational research projects to advance basic research towards therapeutic endpoints using small molecules. He has led multiple early stage drug discovery projects for diseases including leukemia, prostate cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, depression, chronic pain, anti-infectives, diabetes, and others. He has overseen multiple aspects of these drug discovery projects including medicinal chemistry, molecular modeling, DMPK testing, and biological testing.  Dr. Schiltz received his Ph.D. in chemistry from University of Illinois at Chicago and his B.S. in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Terri Fraterrigo, Director of Operations and Outreach

Ms. Fraterrigo works in conjunction with CMIDD’s directors to implement the center’s strategic goals and objectives.  She manages the Center’s administrative processes and oversees initiatives in support of CMIDD’s education, research and outreach mission.  Prior to joining CMIDD, Terri served as an Associate Director of Corporate Relations at Northwestern University where she fostered corporate relationships for the life sciences and the Feinberg School of Medicine.  Terri came to Northwestern from the pharmaceutical industry where she obtained extensive project management, research operations and regulatory experience.  Terri holds a M.S. degree in chemistry from Purdue University and B.S. degree in chemistry from Illinois State University.