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Scientific Award 2012 Nominees
  • Nguyen Duc Thanh
    Cohort 2008
    - Thanh Nguyen's research is mainly focused on the field of application of nanotechnology in energy harvesting and biomedical engineering. As a student of mechanical engineering department (MAE) in Princeton, he has passed the most intensive qualified exam for phD certificate in Princeton University as one of the best performances in oral exam of MAE 2010.
    He has got two excellent performances (for the field of applied physics and materials) and two competitive performances (for the subject of Math) for his oral performance. This is the result from 5 month of interviewing and the final oral exams by seven professors in three different fields of applied physics, math and materials.
    His research about piezoelectric nanostructures (orally presented in VEF conference 2011) has also got publications in high impact journals such as nano letters, an ACS journal (impact factor is 12.186 as #2 impact factor in Nanoscience). The newest research about an interface between piezoelectric nanostructures and neurons for biomechanical investigation has been submitted in nature nanotechnology. His publications include:
    1. Wafer-Scale Nanopatterning and Translation into High Performance Piezoelectric Nanowires. T. D. Nguyen, J. M. Nagarah, Y. Qi., S. S. Nonnenmann, A. V. Morozov, S. Li, C. B. Arnold, M. C. McAlpine. Nano Lett. 10, 4595-4599 (2010).
    Link: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/nl102619c
    2. Enhanced Piezoelectricity and Stretchability in Energy Harvesting Devices Fabricated from Buckled PZT Ribbons. Y. Qi, J. Kim, T. D. Nguyen, B. Lisko, P. K. Purohit, M. C. McAlpine. Nano Lett. 11, 1331-1336 (2011).
    Featured in Nature
    Link: http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v472/n7343/full/472304a.html
    3. PZT nanoribbons for interfaced neuronal nanomechanics. T. D. Nguyen, Nikhil Deshmukh, John M. N., Tal K., Prashant K. P. , Michael J. B., Michael C. M. (submitted 2012).
    The interface has already been featured for art of science in NY times:
    4. Large-scale fabrication of nanopiezomaterials for powering electronics and interfaced neuronal biomechanics , T. D. Nguyen and M.C. Alpine. IFMBE Proceedings, Springer 2012 (in press).
  • Tran Thien Anh
    Cohort 2006
    - Anh Tran is a PhD candidate in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of California, Davis. His research focuses on low-power and high-performance VLSI design and implementation of many-core computer architectures targeting multithread and task-parallelism applications. He published 14 conference and journal papers with two invited papers published in top hardware design journals: IEEE Journal of Solid-State Circuits (JSSC) and IEEE Transactions on Computer-Aided Design of Integrated Circuits and Systems (TCAD).

    He was a key member in the design and implementation of a 1.2GHz 167-processor chip in 65-nm CMOS which was the first many-core computational platform having more than hundred processors made by universities. He also released two software tools for architectural exploration of multicore platforms: asapGUI – a GUI tool allows programmers to quickly map multi-task applications on the AsAP many-core platform; and NoCHack – a simulation framework allows comparing and early exploring multicore systems based on networks on-chip.

    He received a Graduate Research Award from the UC Davis's Dean of the Graduate Studies in 2010 and a Best Paper Award at the IEEE International Conference on Computer Design (ICCD) in 2011 for his work on NoC based many-core platform design.
  • Vu Long
    Cohort 2004
    - Doctor Long graduated from UIUC in 2011. He has published more than 20 papers in peer to peer system, and mobile and multimedia networks. He recently received the best paper award at International Conference on Pervasive Computing and Communications (PerCom 2011). His work has been featured in the newscientist and other media: http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg21228405.900-presocial-network-finds-you-friends-in-your-hangouts.html. More information about this publications: http://illinois.academia.edu/LongVu/Papers
  • Nguyen Thanh Tung
    Cohort 2007
    - Tung is a PhD student at Iowa State University. His research aims to enhance the quality of software systems and the productivity of software practitioners. Within 4 years in the PhD program, he has published 22 papers, mostly at top conferences and journals in Software Engineering like ICSE, FSE, ASE, and TSE (http://people.engr.ncsu.edu/txie/seconferences.htm). He won a Best Paper Award at FSE’09 and is nominated as Finalist of such awards twice. His work has high impact with more than 100 citations and an H-index of 7 (http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=bpqJ-N0AAAAJ&hl=en). Currently, he is ranked 2nd place in the list of top young researchers (New Star) in Software Engineering by ArnetMiner.org (http://www.arnetminer.org/expertrank/list/newstar/105). At the third year of his PhD study, he has contributed as the key writer of a proposal that won nearly $500K research grant from NSF. For his research achievement, he received Peer Research Award from Iowa State University.

    - Another nomination: Tung has achieved extraordinary successes in academic and in research. He published 5-7 high quality papers per year at top ranking conferences and leading journals. He also got a few best paper awards from prestigious Computer Science conferences. He is also a great team leader in his research lab with very good writing skills. Last summer, he got a few summer internship offers from top notch tech corps such as Amazon, IBM, etc. In my opinion, Tung is deserved one of the very best (and very few) VEF fellows who have achieved highly successful academic track record.
  • Phan Minh Liem
    Cohort 2005
    - Liem Phan is currently a PhD candidate at Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas. During the past few years, his study has been focusing on understanding the energy production process in cancers with the hope to develop new therapies that can effectively cure cancers without causing toxic side effects. He has so far 8 published papers on peer-reviewed journals such as Cancer Research, Cell Death and Diseases, Oncogene (Nature Publishing Group), and others. He also received 1st and co-authorship on 4 manuscripts that are currently under peer-review by Cell (2), Proceedings of National Academy of Sciences (1), and Cancer Cell (1). In addition, he has 14 published proceedings in international and national research symposia. There are also 15 other research projects where he earns 1st and co-authorship and these studies will finish soon.

    Besides, he has received several research awards such as Department of Defense Breast Cancer Pre-doctoral Traineeship, Rosalie B. Hite Fellowship, Andrew Sowell-Wade Huggins Scholarship, Sylvan Rodriguez/Cancer Answers Award Scholarship, T.C. Hsu Endowed Memorial Scholarship, Best Presentation Award at VEF Conference in 2010, Finalist Poster Award at Department of Defense Breast Cancer Research Symposium, etc. The scientific projects of his research group have been invited to present at international and national conferences such as Cold Spring Harbor Annual Conference, Department of Defense Research Symposium, Keystone Symposium, as well as many regional research conferences.

    In addition to his study, he also worked hard to contribute to the community. He has served in VEFFA Scientific Session and Conference Planning Teams for several years and recently in VEFFA Bylaws Committee. In 2010 and 2011, he has been elected as President of Graduate Student Association of The Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, MD Anderson Cancer Center and The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, with more than 600 graduate student members. Together with his team, he has organized many meaningful activities for the school and the city. His team has been awarded United To Serve Volunteer Day Award (Mission Star of Hope) in 2010 and Dean Service Award in 2011.
  • Nguyen Dac Trung
    Cohort 2005
    - Having an opportunity to work in the same lab with Trung, I know Trung is a highly accomplished young scientist with a great publication record. He has published 7 papers in highly respected journals, including Nature/Nanotechnology during his PhD program and has few more in preparation. In addition, he has contributed a considerable effort to the development of the sophisticated solfware, HOOMD Blue (http://codeblue.umich.edu/hoomd-blue/), a GPU-based molecular dynamics package that is supposed to be a big hit in the field. He also has other various scientific contributions such as many conference presentations. For more details of his profile, please refer to his personal website http://sitemaker.umich.edu/nguyendactrung/soft_matter_systems . Nominated by Nguyen Huu Phuoc Nguyen, 2007.
  • Trinh Quy Bon
    Cohort 2004
    - Dr. Trinh is currently a Postdoctoral fellow at the MD Anderson Cancer Center. His study and research interests have been devoted to understand the mechanisms of human diseases and develop therapeutic strategies for them. During the time working at the Institute of Biotechnology as a research staff, he has isolated a gene that makes a unique protein on the surface of dengue viruses and produced this protein in laboratory. The protein was then used to develop quick diagnostic kit for dengue fever at the National Institute of Hygiene and Epidemiology (1, 2). He and his mentor were also among pioneers in applying cutting-edge technologies for studies in detection of viruses and gene mutations of cancer patients in Vietnam (3, 4).

    During his graduate training, he has studied both basic mechanisms of cancer and therapeutic approaches. He has found an interesting mechanism by which cancer cells but not normal cells can overcome an anti-growth control signal from the body. His work was supported in part by a fellowship awarded by the Schissler Foundation and an article describing this work has been published (5). On the other hand, he has contributed in a study to develop a gene therapy which can effectively and specifically generate toxic protein in tumor cells thereby killing them. The success of this approach has been demonstrated as tumors in mice were shrunk after the treatment (6). In his postdoctoral studies, he has found an important mechanism that causes abnormal changes in genome of cancer cells which explain why cancer cells can become more and more aggressive overtime. A manuscript describing this study is under preparation and I hope to read his full story soon.

    Dr.Trinh studies have been recognized at several local and international meetings. He also received several respective awards such as the MD Anderson Cancer Center Trainee excellent award, University of Texas Health Science Center poster award, several poster awards and a presentation award from the Vietnam Education Foundation. In addition, Dr.Trinh has been actively sharing his knowledge and expertise. He has been involving in teaching and mentoring junior graduate students. He has received a teaching assistant award from the Graduate school of Biomedical Sciences. Recently, he also contributed with his mentor in an invited book chapter which describes how miscontrol of some developmental genes can cause cancer (7).

    With these achievement highlights, I strongly recommend Dr Trinh for the award.

    Selected reference
    1. Trinh BQ, Truong NU, Truong TT, Le QTM, Nguyen HTH and Dinh KD. Cloning and expression of the genes encoding PreM and Envelope proteins of of Dengue virus type 4. Access No: AJ563356. (13-MAY-2003). Related news covered by VietNamNet: Development of the diagnostic Kit for rapid detection of Dengue virus (http://www.khoahoc.com.vn/doisong/yhoc/suc-khoe/7078_Chan-doan-benh-sot-xuat-huyet-chi-sau-4-gio.aspx).
    2. Trinh BQ, Nguyen BH, Truong NU, Le MTQ, Nguyen HTH, Dinh KD. 2003. Cloning and expression the region encoding Premembrane and envelope proteins of dengue virus type 4. Journal of Biotechnology 2003, 1(1): 33-38.
    3. Vu BTN, Nguyen DK, Trinh BQ, Bach QTN Dinh KD, Dinh VT. Detection and quantification of yellow head virus load in shrimp using Real Time PCR with SYBR Green. Journal of Science (Hanoi National University) 2005, 21(2): 59-65
    4. Le CTM, Dai BD, Hoang CM, Nguyen VV, Le DT, Dinh KD, Bach QTN, Trinh BQ, Duong QH, Nguyen HH, Nguyen DT, Nguyen DB.. Detection of BRCA1 and BRCA2 mutations in breast cancer patients by Real time PCR. National Conference on Basic Reseach. Institute of Military Medicine, October 28, 2004: 372-376
    5. Trinh BQ, Barengo N and, Naora H. Homeodomain protein DLX4 counteracts key transcriptional control mechanisms of the TGF-b cytostatic program and blocks the anti-proliferative effect of TGF-b. Oncogene. 2011, Feb 7
    6. Xie X, Hsu JL, Choi MG, Xia W, Yamaguchi H, Chen CT, Trinh BQ, Lu Z, Ueno NT, Wolf JK, Bast RC Jr, Hung MC. A novel hTERT promoter–driven E1A therapeutic for ovarian cancer. Mol Cancer Ther, 2009 Aug;8(8):2375-82
    7. Trinh BQ, Naora H. Homeobox genes and theirs functional significance in ovarian tumorigenesis, Ovarian Cancer / Book 1, ISBN 978-953-307-812-0, in press


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