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“CLP is the mothership for bringing the chemists, biologists and engineers together. We’re really trying to tackle important problems in neurological, neurodegenerative diseases, cancer, cardiovascular problems and other disorders.”

Richard B. Silverman, PhD, Patrick G. Ryan/Aon Professor and founding member of CLP

Chemistry of Life Processes Institute is Northwestern University’s transdisciplinary hub for groundbreaking science and breakthroughs in human health.  Drawn by the Institute’s extraordinary expertise and facilities for innovation and translation, investigators from across the University converge here to apply path-breaking approaches to treating and diagnosing disease that define new fields and open up promising areas of inquiry.

Institute faculty reach across disciplines to explore fertile areas of research and pioneer unchartered paths leading to fresh insights and advances against cancer, glaucoma, arthritis, neurodegenerative diseases, and more. Through early-stage joint research grants, the Institute sparks collaboration and funds promising early-stage basic research that lead to new ways to prevent, diagnose, and treat disease. 


Catalyzing Drug Development and Discovery Through Team Science

CLP is powered by a diverse team of more than 60 faculty, representing 20 different departments within Northwestern’s Schools of Medicine, Engineering and College of Arts and Sciences:

The Institute includes four affiliated research centers, eight core facilities, and more than 100 administrative staff, senior scientists and researchers. Senior executives from leading biomedical and pharmaceutical companies comprise the Institute’s Executive Advisory Board providing guidance on strategic plans and initiatives, support for new CLP companies and philanthropic, and support for CLP research, outreach, and training programs.


Training the Next Generation of Scientists

CLP prepares the next generation of scientists to work at the interface of multiple disciplines. Both graduate and undergraduate students are required to work with two mentors from different disciplines to learn multiple languages of scientific inquiry. Our curricula emphasize skills development, rigor, reproducibility and hands-on training across a broad spectrum of instruments and methods.

Together with our partners across the University, Northwestern Medicine and Lurie Cancer Center, we pioneer new science and hasten the delivery of life-changing innovations to society.