Healthcare and Life Sciences 50 – 2016

Kelleher Neil

Neil Kelleher/Northwestern University

Dr. Neil Kelleher is a professor of chemistry and molecular biosciences at the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University and the director of the Proteomics Center of Excellence and the Kelleher Research Group. In total, his laboratories house 45 co-workers working in three main sub-groups: top down proteomics, natural products discovery, and cancer epigenetics.

In 2014, he was the recipient of the Human Proteome Organization Discovery Award and the Allen Foundation Distinguished Investigator Award. He has published over 300 papers over the course of his career. Currently, he strives to generate movement on the cell-based Human Proteome Project, which involves defining all the protein molecules of the human body in order to better understand human disease and therapeutic responses. Neil did his undergraduate degrees (a B.A. in German and a B.S. in chemistry) at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, and his Ph.D. at Cornell University in New York.

Neil is a third-generation Irish American and is connected to Co. Cork on his father’s side. He hopes to visit Ireland one day with his wife, Jennifer, and daughters, Emily and Lauren, in pursuit of “golf, science, and a good pint.”