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Thanh Dinh

Microbiology / Biology


Thanh is a senior at the University of Washington, Seattle campus, and she is pursuing double degrees in Microbiology and Biology. She is interested in doing research related to the microbiome and cancer. Currently, Thanh is researching Gastric Volvulus Dilation (bloat disease) in German Shepherds at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and she is also a lab assistant at the Seattle Institute for Biomedical and Clinical Research within the Metabolism Department. She has been involved in research at Fred Hutch for four years, working with multiple mentors there and at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance on various projects, culminating in her presenting on her research about RNA isolation from formalin fixed-embedded tissue (FFPE tissue) at the 2016 UW Undergraduate Research Symposium. Besides having a busy schedule with work and school, she is also a Cope Health Scholar at Swedish hospital where she volunteers to assist doctors and nurses to take care of patients in various departments. Thanh will also be one of the scholar leads of the Washington State Opportunity Scholarship (WSOS) through the next school year where she will help the organization mentor and guide upcoming freshmen scholars of WSOS.

In the future, Thanh wants to apply for graduate school in either Microbiology or Biology. Being one of the Ronald E. McNair Scholars helps her to become a competitive applicant and guides her so she feels well-prepared for graduate school. She hopes to use the resources from this program in combination with her dedication and hard work to fulfill her dream of attaining a Ph.D. Besides all that, Thanh loves to hike, travel, go to the arcade, and be with her friends and family when she is free. She loves making new friends and trying new things every day.