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Ph.D. & Post-Doc in Organic Chemistry

(20122018), Boston College, MA, USA 

Advisor: Prof. Amir H. Hoveyda 

B.Sc. in Chemistry & Biological Chemistry, First Class Honors (20082012), 

Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Advisor: Prof. Philip Wai Hong Chan             

Dr. Ming Joo (MJ) Koh

Ming Joo (MJ) Koh was born and raised on the sunny island of Singapore. As a research assistant in Professor Philip Chan's group during his undergraduate years at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), MJ worked on a number of projects that employed gold-catalyzed alkene and alkyne cycloisomerization transformations to furnish architecturally distinct heterocyclic compounds. Upon graduating from NTU with a Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) degree, MJ pursued his Ph.D. and post-doctoral studies under the tutelage of Professor Amir H. Hoveyda at Boston College, USA. In collaboration with Professor Richard R. Schrock's group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, MJ's doctoral research mainly focused on developing catalytic stereoselective olefin metathesis protocols to access stereoisomerically pure alkenes for applications in natural product and pharmaceutical synthesis. As a post-doctoral fellow, MJ shifted his focus to developing catalytic stereoselective transformations involving organofluorine compounds. In June 2018, MJ was awarded the President's Assistant Professorship to commence his independent studies at the Chemistry Department of the National University of Singapore. 


President's Assistant Professor, NUS: 2018-2023

Associate Professor (with Tenure), NUS: 2023-present

Dean's Chair Professor, NUS: 2024-2027

Deputy Head of Research, Department of Chemistry, NUS: 2024-present


LaMattina Family Graduate Fellowship in Chemical Synthesis: 2016

BMS Graduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry: 2016-2017

NUS Inauguration Grant: 2019

Asian Core Program Lectureship Award (China, Thailand): 2019

Excellent Young Teacher Award: 2019-2020

Innovators Under 35 (TR35) Asia Pacific Award: 2021

TCI-SNIC Industry Award in Synthetic Chemistry: 2021

Thieme Chemistry Journals Award: 2022

C&EN's Talented 12: 2022

Asian Core Program Lectureship Award (Japan, Korea): 2022

Young Scientist Award, SNAS: 2022

Faculty Young Scientist Award, Faculty of Science, NUS: 2022

Asian Scientist 100: 2023

Young Researcher Award, NUS: 2023

Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award, NTU: 2023

Asian Core Program Lectureship Award (Taiwan): 2023

Novartis Early Career Award in Chemistry: 2023

Mitsui Chemicals Catalysis Science Award for Creative Work: 2024

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