What influenced your decision to pursue biomedical research?
As a child living in Vietnam and then the United States, I saw disparity in medical care between these two countries. This is why I have been interested in finding ways to enhance the healthcare system. I had a wonderful professor and a mentor in college who got me interested in research; however, it was not until I was working in Dr. Henry Wortis's lab, where I got involved with the PREP program at Tufts that fully inspired me to pursue a career in biomedical research.
How is the environment at GSBS helping you achieve your professional goals?
Being an Immunology student in a microbiology lab has offered me a unique opportunity in that I get to interact with smart and friendly people of diverse expertise and background. Everyone at GSBS is very friendly and supportive, and I have never felt uncomfortable wandering into a professor's office or someone's workspace to ask for help, advice, or "borrowing" reagents. I also like that both the faculty and students at GSBS are always looking to collaborate.
What type of positions are you considering after graduation?
I have not decided exactly what I want to do but I would like to work in a multi-national/global environment.
Why did you choose GSBS over other graduate schools?
I got to know some of the students and faculty pretty well during my two years in the Wortis lab. They seemed happy about being at GSBS passionate about their work, very approachable and always willing to help. By staying at Tufts, I can continue to develop these valuable networking connections with colleagues from Tufts as well as other institutions in Boston.
What's your favorite way to relax after classes?
I like catching up on TV shows and movies on Netflix or sometimes going out for drinks with friends from school after a busy day in lab. When the weather is actually nice, I like going for walks around the city, especially along the Esplanade or the Boston Harbor.
What's your favorite thing about being in Boston and why?
I like that even though it is a city, it is smaller and much more manageable than other cities I've lived in (NYC or DC). It has an urban feel, while maintaining quaint corners where you can relax from a busy day of lab away from the buzz of city life.
What is your favorite Boston restaurant?
I can't say I have a favorite, but I like Chung Ki Wa in Medford, and New Dong Khanh in Chinatown.