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Faculty Spotlight: Chau Nguyen

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Chau Nguyen

"I'm specifically interested in better understanding the molecular basis of neuropsychiatric disorders and cardiovascular diseases. "

I have always been interested in understanding how things work, which is why I became a research scientist.

My training is in the discipline of pharmacology, which is the study of how drugs work in the body. My research focuses on a family of proteins known as the Regulator of G protein Signaling (RGS) proteins. I'm specifically interested in better understanding the molecular basis of neuropsychiatric disorders and cardiovascular diseases, with the hope of identifying potential novel therapeutic targets.

I have always been interested in understanding how things work, which is why I became a research scientist. During the junior year of my undergraduate education, I had the opportunity to experience scientific research and was quickly hooked. I went on to pursue graduate training at Purdue University, where I won a number of research awards and published numerous papers as a doctoral candidate in molecular pharmacology. Prior to joining D'Youville College, I completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Western Ontario.

I'm passionate about teaching, so a career in academia is just a natural fit for me. I enjoy interacting with students on a daily basis, while pursuing my research. The pharmacy program at DYC is very demanding with an intensive curriculum. The students who are successful are the ones who have good time management skills and who find a balance between life, work and academics. This is different for every student, but once they find their happy medium, things fall into place. I am happy to provide guidance to students who may be interested in gaining research experience. Even if this is not their ultimate career goal, the higher order thinking skills they will gain can be applied to all aspects of pharmacy.