Ph.D. & Post-Doc in Organic Chemistry
(2012–2018), Boston College, MA, USA
Advisor: Prof. Amir H. Hoveyda
B.Sc. in Chemistry & Biological Chemistry, First Class Honors (2008–2012),
Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Advisor: Prof. Philip Wai Hong Chan
Dr. Ming Joo (MJ) Koh
Ming Joo (MJ) Koh was born on 2 May 1987 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.