|Ngoc Thanh Nguyen|
Job title/role in FutureNeuro
Post-doctoral Researcher in Bioinformatics
Tell us a little about your background and what led you to a career in science and research?
I did my degree in Biology and my PhD in Bioinformatics. When I was studying, I was also excited about all the research discoveries I learnt and read. Thus, I knew that I wanted to pursue my career in scientific research.
What does a typical day look like for you?
My daily work activities can vary. Typically, as a bioinformatician, I use a high-performance computer to analyse sequencing data generated in our lab by other lab members to interpret/discover meaningful messages stored in those data. I participate in various projects with other researchers in the centre, so I do have occasional or scheduled meetings with them every week to update/discuss about our projects. I do also attend different scientific meetings and seminars across the departments, schools and colleges to learn about other researchers’ projects with the hope that I can learn new things that can be useful for my projects as well.
What do you find most challenging about your job?
Time, I never find enough time to do all the things I want to do
What has been the highlight of your career to date?
Finished my PhD with no prior knowledge in computer programming.
Tell me about someone who has influenced your decision to pursue your career?
My Biology teacher in my high school. He inspired and made me believe that biology is a really multi-disciplinary subject and so useful, it can be applied in several aspects of life.
What would you tell someone who is thinking about pursuing a career in STEM?
STEM is a really interesting and fascinating career but you will need to know if it’s right for you. Talk to as many as possible people working in this area to get informed about it as much as you can. If you feel inspired by their stories, go for it.
What impact do you hope your role in FutureNeuro will have over the next five years?
I hope, in collaboration with other researchers in the centre, to identify the new miRNA-based methods for diagnosis, prognosis as well as disease-modifying treatment for epilepsy.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I can speak 3 languages Vietnamese, Russian and English.
What do you do in your spare time?
Hiking, I go hiking most of the weekends