ICOS-20, 20th International Conference on Organic Synthesis
Friday, 20 October 2017
Christina Chai


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Christina Chai obtained her BSc (Hons) from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch, New Zealand and her PhD in synthetic organic chemistry from the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University, Canberra in 1990.  Following her PhD, she was awarded a Samuel and Violette Glasstone Research fellowship at the University of Oxford, UK where she studied bioorganic reaction mechanisms.  This was followed by a Faculty position in the Department of Chemistry, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ (1991-1993) and the Department and Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University (1994-2004) where she was Associate Professor.  She joined the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences as a Principal Scientist and Programme Manager of the New Synthesis Techniques and Applications (NSTA) Programme from 2004 till 2011.  Since August 2011, she holds a joint appointment as Associate Professor in the Department of Pharmacy, National University of Singapore and the Institute of Chemical and Engineering Sciences, Agency for Science Technology and Research (A*STAR). Assoc Prof Chai is also Assistant Dean (Research and Postgraduate Studies) for the Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore. Her research interests are in the area of synthesis of bioactive compounds, medicinal chemistry and development of new synthetic methodologies.  To date, she has >120 research publications, 18 patents filed and 3 books published. She was a recipient of a DAAD fellowship as well as an Alexander von Humboldt fellowship. She is currently the Ambassador Scientist for the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation in Singapore.