Mingji Dai received his B.S. degree from Peking University in 2002. After two years’ research with Professors Zhen Yang and Jiahua Chen in the same university, he went to New York in 2004 and pursued graduate study under the guidance of Professor Samuel J. Danishefsky. After earning his Ph.D. degree in 2009, he took a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Professor Stuart L. Schreiber at Harvard University and the Broad Institute. In the August of 2012, he began his independent career as an assistant professor in the Chemistry Department of Purdue University. His lab currently focuses on developing new strategies and methodologies for the synthesis of complex natural products and other medicinally and biologically important molecules.