Sang Nguyen

Research Mentor: Xiao-Ou Shu, Ph.D., M.P.H.

Thesis Topic: Chemotherapy-induced Toxicity and its Association with Clinical Factors and Gastrointestinal Microbiome Among Breast Cancer Patients in Vietnam

Background
After having completed my medical training in 2010 at Hanoi Medical University, Vietnam, I worked at the university for five years. During the period, I focused on doing research in epidemiology and public health related to HIV/AIDS and STIs as well as Non-Communicable Diseases (NCDs) including cancer. I have realized that my primary areas of interest are longitudinal research and evaluation of studying risk factors and preventive intervention for the high-risk population for cancer and other NCDs. I would like to pursue graduate training in Epidemiology to gain more in-depth and comprehensive knowledge and skills about epidemiology research including design, implementation, and analytical techniques. In 2016, I became the first Vietnam Education Foundation fellow (an independent U.S Federal Government agency created by the U.S. Congress) having a chance to participate in the Ph.D. program in Epidemiology at Vanderbilt University. 

Why Vanderbilt?
In addition to its reputation as a renowned university for records of excellence in population-based science, and research training, Vanderbilt University distinguished itself from the other U.S schools based on the strong graduate program in Epidemiology with greatly versatile faculty. Studying at Vanderbilt University would give me an opportunity to be mentored and work closely with skilled professionals who could help me improve my interpersonal skills and experience. Moreover, the collaboration between Vanderbilt University, Vietnam National Institute of Cancer Control and Hanoi Medical University has been flourishing over the years, which greatly motivated me to obtain my training at Vanderbilt University. Vanderbilt scientists such as Prof. Shu who are pioneers establishing a multi-institutional U.S-Vietnam-China partnership to lead high-impact NCDs research and training center in Vietnam. As a current Vietnamese Ph.D. candidate at Vanderbilt University, I wish to contribute and become a bridge in strengthening the triple partnership as well as to assist in future epidemiology research.