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 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 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.
Erick Carreira is the recipient of numerous awards and has authored over 350 publications and 36 patents. He has mentored in his laboratory 179 undergraduates, 111 doctoral students, and 79 post-doctoral associates. He has been associate editor with Organic Letters, Thieme Verlag (Synfacts and Synthesis), and Organic Synthesis. As of January 2019 he was appointed Editor-in-Chief for Organic Letters. Together with colleagues at ETH Zurich he has co-founded three companies. He is a consultant for companies in North America, Europe, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, Asia, and Africa.

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Section 14: Chemistry