Mingji Dai

Principal Investigator

Mingji Dai

Mingji Dai, Ph.D. (Purdue Profiles)

  • Associate Professor (2018-present), Department of Chemistry, Purdue University
  • Assistant Professor (2012-2018), Department of Chemistry, Purdue University

Membership at Purdue

  • Center for Cancer Research, Purdue University, 2012-present
  • Institute for Drug Discovery, Purdue University, 2013-present
  • Purdue University Interdisciplinary Life Science Program (PULSe), 2013-present
  • The Purdue Institute of Inflammation, Immunology, and Infectious Diseases (PI4D), 2016-present

Contact Information:

Office: Room 145, The Purdue Drug Discovery Building
720 Clinic Drive, West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: (765) 496-7898
Fax: (765) 496-2592
E-mail: mjdai@purdue.edu

Education and Training

  • B.S. Peking University, Advisor: Professors Zhen Yang and Jiahua Chen, 2002
  • Research Assistant, Peking University, Advisor: Professors Zhen Yang and Jiahua Chen, 2002-2004
  • Ph.D. in Chemistry, Columbia University, Advisor: Professor Samuel J. Danishefsky, 2009
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Advisor: Professor Stuart L. Schreiber, Harvard University and The Broad Institute 2009-2012

Awards and Honors

  • The Arthur E. Kelly Undergraduate Teaching Award, 2020
  • The 2018 Amgen Young Investigators' Award
  • The 2017 Chinese-American Chemistry & Chemical Biology Professors Association (CAPA) Distinguished Junior Faculty Award
  • The 2016 Eli Lilly Grantee Award
  • NSF CAREER Award, 2016-2021
  • The 2015 Organic Letters Outstanding Author of the Year Lectureship Award
  • The Thieme Chemistry Journal Award, 2015
  • The Ralph E. Powe Junior Faculty Enhancement Award, ORAU, 2013
  • The Ralph W. and Grance M. Showalter Research Award, 2013
  • The American Cancer Society Junior Investigator Award, Purdue Center for Cancer Research, 2012
  • Dissertation (Ph. D. degree) awarded with distinction, Columbia University, 2009
  • The 2009 Hammett Award for the most outstanding Ph.D. student, Columbia University
  • The 2009 Roche Award for Excellence in Organic Chemistry
  • The Jack Miller Award for excellence in teaching by a graduate student, 2008, Columbia University
  • The Guthikonda Fellowship in Organic Chemistry, 2007-2008, Columbia University
  • The Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry, 2006-2007
  • The Sylvia & Victor Fourman Fellowship, 2005-2006, Columbia University
  • The honor of successful participants in the Challenge Cup Contest, 2000, Peking University
  • The Guangcai Scholarship, 1998-1999, Peking University
  • The Freshman Scholarship, 1998, Peking University
  • The Outstanding Student, 1998-1999, Peking University
  • The First Prize in the National Olympic Chemistry Contest Winter Camp, 1998, China
  • Team member of the Chinese National Training Camp for the International Chemistry Olympiad, 1998, China
  • The First Prize in the National Olympic Chemistry Contest, 1997 and 1996, China