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Keng Yoon Yeong (Ken) is currently a Senior Lecturer in the School of Science where he teaches Medicinal Chemistry and Advanced Organic Chemistry. Ken’s research focuses on small molecules and short peptides in drug discovery, targeting cancer, neurological disorders as well as infectious diseases. Before joining Monash University, he was a research scientist in various companies where he worked on small molecule organic synthesis and immunoassays.

He has co-authored over 60 research publications in the field of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery. He is a co-inventor for 6 patent applications and is the recipient of multiple academic awards.

Research interests

  • Organic synthesis of novel small molecules targeting age-related diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s.
  • Modification of natural products for bioactivity as well as novel fluorescent drug molecules with theranostic applications

Research interests

  • CHM3930 (Medicinal chemistry)
  • CHM3922 (Advanced organic chemistry)

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 11 - Sustainable Cities and Communities

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