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About Junqi


Junqi was born and raised in Singapore. After receiving her B.Sc. and M.Sc. in chemistry from National University of Singapore, she pursued her graduate studies with Professor Martin Burke at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she focused on developing a more systematized approach for automating small molecule synthesis via iterative coupling of MIDA boronate building blocks. She subsequently became a postdoctoral associate under the joint supervision of Professors Dean Toste and Scott Miller at University of California, Berkeley and Yale University respectively, working on enantio- and site-selective reactions with phosphoric acid catalysts. She joined the chemistry faculty at Iowa State University in August 2019.



University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

2017    ACS Nobel Laureate Signature Award for Graduate Education in Chemistry

2012    Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) International Student Research Fellowship

2012    Bristol-Myers Squibb Graduate Fellowship in Synthetic Organic Chemistry

2011    R. C. Fuson Travel Award

2011    C. S. Marvel Fellowship

2010    Walter Brown Graduate Fellowship


National University of Singapore

2007    President’s Graduate Fellowship

2006    CRISP award (Best undergraduate research project in Faculty of Science)

2006    Schering-Plough Gold Medal (Best undergraduate research in Department of Chemistry)

2004    Dean’s List