Ming-Yu Ngai

  • Fellowship in 2008 at Stanford University
Dr. Ming-Yu Ngai received his undergraduate education both in Hong Kong and in the United States. He was introduced to research in chemistry as an undergraduate in the laboratory of Prof. Wai-Kin Chan and Prof. Chi-Ming Che, and graduated from the University of Hong Kong in 2003 with a Bachelor of Science degree. He also performed his undergraduate research at the University of California, San Diego under the supervision of Prof. Michael S. VanNeuwenhze. He pursued graduate studies in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at the University of Texas at Austin, receiving his PhD in 2008. His graduate work with Prof. Michael J. Krische focused on transition metal-catalyzed reductive carbon-carbon bond formation under hydrogenation and transfer hydrogenation conditions. From 2009-2011 he was a Croucher postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University in the laboratory of Prof. Barry M. Trost. He was also a postdoctoral researcher at Harvard University where he worked in the laboratory of Prof. Tobias Ritter. In 2013, Dr. Ngai was appointed as Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at Stony Brook University.


Dr. Ngai lab focuses on (i) developing novel and practical synthetic methodologies to address unmet challenges in organic synthesis and medicinal chemistry, and (ii) identifying and developing new radiotracers for Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging to elucidate disease mechanisms, identify drug targets, assess treatment efficacy, and accelerate drug discovery and development. Our research programs are multidisciplinary, covering organic and organometallic chemistry, photochemistry, radiochemistry, and biomedical imaging.