Khoa received his integrated MChem degree from the University of York. In the second year of his undergraduate studies he received an RSC Research Bursary to develop a synthetic route towards the decalin core of the novel antibiotic anthracimycin, under the guidance of Professor Paul Clarke. He spent his fourth year at the John Innes Centre, in the lab of Professor Sarah O’Connor, to elucidate the final missing enzymes in the biosynthesis of the antitumour drugs vinblastine and vincristine, using a chemoenzymatic semi-synthesis approach. As part of his DPhil at the University of Oxford, in the Synthetic Biology Centre for Doctoral Training Programme, he spent three months in Professor Tudor Fulga’s lab at the Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine to develop a novel Cas protein-based mRNA sensor and gene effector. He is now pursuing a substantial DPhil project in the Booth group.
Khoa is interested in developing a modular approach for the construction of externally-controllable and self-delivered plasmids for use in gene therapy.