Quynh Nguyen is a chemistry major performing research in the lab of Lili Ma. Her work looks to synthesize isoflavanone derivatives as potential aromatase inhibitors (an important avenue being explored for breast cancer therapy), and her recent unexpected yet interesting results have opened new directions in catalyst development research.
Her drive and determination have made her a formidable individual in the research lab. As Professor Ma describes, Quynh “will never give up if the results are not satisfactory.” She has made presentations at the local and regional level, receiving first place in undergraduate oral presentations in organic chemistry at the 2016 KY Academy of Science annual meeting. Following graduation from NKU, Quynh plans on attending graduate school in medicinal chemistry.
For the last four years around 60 students on average have engaged in research projects directed by faculty mentors. With faculty assistance, students have secured nearly $4M over the last six years alone! Their work is conducted in modern labs with more than $2M of instrumentation rarely found at similar institutions.
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