Ming-Yu Ngai

About Ming-Yu-Ngai

Ming-Yu Ngai was introduced to research in chemistry as an undergraduate in the laboratories of Prof. Wai-Kin Chan and Prof. Chi-Ming Che, and graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 2003. He spent one year at the University of California, San Diego in 2002 and carried out undergraduate research under the supervision of Prof. Michael S. VanNeuwenhze. In 2004, Ming started his Ph.D. studies with Prof. Michael J. Krische in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin and received his Ph.D. degree in 2008. He then moved to Stanford University as a Croucher postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Prof. Barry M. Trost. In 2011, Ming worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the laboratory of Prof. Tobias Ritter at Harvard University. Ming joined the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University (SBU) as Assistant Professor in 2013 and was promoted to Associate Professor in 2019.


2011-2013       Harvard University, Post-doctoral Fellow, Advisor: Professor Tobias Ritter
2009-2011       Stanford University, Croucher Post-doctoral Fellow, Advisor: Professor Barry M. Trost
2004-2008       The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), Ph.D., Chemistry, Advisor: Professor Michael J. Krische
2002-2003       The University of California, San Diego (UCSD), Exchange Student, Advisor: Professor Michael S. VanNeuwenhze
2000-2003       The University of Hong Kong (HKU), B.Sc. Chemistry, Advisors: Professor Chi-Ming Che and Professor Wai-Kin Chan

Awards & Honors

2021                Inducted as a Member of the National Academy of Inventors
2021                Maximizing Investigator Research Award for Established Investigator (NIGMS, 2021-2026)
2019                Discovery Prize Finalist (SBU)
2019                Young Academic Investigator (ACS-Division of Organic Chemistry)
2019                NSF CAREER Award (2019-2024)
2018                Young Academic Inventor’s Award (National Academy of Inventors – SBU Chapter)
2017                ChemComm Emerging Investigator
2016                Maximizing Investigator Research Award (NIGMS, 2016-2021)
2016                Individual Development Awards (SBU)
2016                Thieme Chemistry Journal Award 2016
2015                Organic & Biomolecular Chemistry New Talent
2009                Croucher Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2009-2011)
2007                Wendell Gordon Fellowship (UT Austin)
2007                Presidential Green Chemistry Challenge Award (Environmental Protection Agency, US)
2007                William S. Livingston Award for the Outstanding Graduate Student Academic Employee (UT Austin)
2004                Robert H. Hamilton/Eugene P. Schoch Fellowship (UT Austin)
2003                The National Society of Collegiate Scholars (UCSD)
2002                HKU Worldwide Undergraduate Student Exchange Program Scholarship
2000                Dean’s Honors List (HKU, 2000-2003)
2000                Cheung King Pak Memorial Scholarship (HKU) 

Ming-Yu Ngai

Ming-Yu Ngai
Associate Editor of Frontiers in Chemistry
Associate Professor of Chemistry,
Stony Brook University


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