Binh Nguyen, Mentee in the 2019 MedTech-Pharma program at Macquarie University NSW

Binh Nguyen is currently undertaking the third year of her PhD at Biological Science Department in Macquarie University, NSW. Prior to the PhD, Binh completed her undergraduate degree and master degree, both with distinction grade, at Hanoi National University of Education in Vietnam. Binh has four years of teaching experience (Biology subject) at a well-known high school in Hanoi, Vietnam and she has also participated in tutoring at Macquarie University in the last semester.

Her undergraduate and master research theme focused on fermenting bioplastic using bacterial strains isolated from mangrove forest soil. Her PhD research investigates the effects of commensal microbiota and larval density on the developmental and feeding behavioral traits of the Queensland fruit fly (Bactrocera tryoni) – a serious pest inflicting an estimated $300 million costs for horticulture across Australia. Binh has been granted a scholarship from the Nagao Natural Environmental Foundation (NEF), Japan to carry her master research and the international Research Training Program (iRTP) scholarship to support for her PhD. She was recently awarded the best lab-based presentation (runner up) at Higher Degree Research Conference held by Biological Science Department, Macquarie University.

Through her career, Binh has developed important skills such as experimental design, data analysis, project management and communication of results as well as teaching biology. Binh loves nature and is a curious and creative person with good leading skills and is always willing to learn new things.