Dr. Monika Raj


Dr. Monika Raj is presently an Associate Professor at Emory University, Georgia, Atlanta. She was an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University Auburn, Alabama, USA. She was awarded the prestigious Sloan Foundation Research Fellowship 2020.


Dr. Raj earned her doctorate in Chemistry from IIT Kanpur in 2009 followed by postdoctoral from University of Pennsylvania in 2010 and New York University in 2014. She then worked as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Seton Hall University before joining University of Auburn. Her lab works in utilizing organic chemistry tools for solving the problems in the field of biology. The focus is on development of new chemical reactions, catalysis and ligation methodologies for synthesis of biological molecules.

Achievements and Honors

  • Sloan Fellowship, 2020
  • James E. Land Professorship of Chemistry & Biochemistry, 2019
  • National Institutes of Health, Maximizing Investigators' Research Award, 2019
  • Georgina Sweet Award, Australian Peptide Society, 2019
  • Early Career Lectureship from APS, 2019.
  • Early Career Lectureship, Japan Peptide Society, 2019.
  • Rising Star Award, Chemical Protein Synthesis, Germany, 2019.
  • National Science Foundation Career Award, 2018.
  • Community Development Investment Grant, Seton Hall University, 2017.
  • Researcher of the year, SHU, 2016
  • University Research Council Award, 2015
  • Eli Lilly Asia Outstanding Thesis Award, First Prize in Asia