More About Me
Throughout my undergraduate and graduate career, I have had several opportunities to teach at UCLA, UC Irvine, LAUSD High schools, and even across the world in Africa and Vietnam as a public health educator. As a teacher, I value the humanistic, co-learning approach to education and I aspire to inspire my students to take ownership of their own educational journeys. I wish to build relationships and trust with my students, seek first to understand them, and motivate them to become the best version of themselves. I am genuinely passionate about educating, mentoring, and motivating students to become nothing short of excellence. I aspire to make a difference in the students’ lives because I genuinely care about their success and well-being. Some of the highlights of my accomplishments:
1) I’ve had extensive teaching experiences. I led discussions in General Chemistry Laboratory at UCLA for 3 quarters as a Peer Learning Facilitator at the UCLA Academic Advancement Program. I am currently a TA at UCI Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, where I’ve taught various lower-division and upper-division Biology courses.
2) I was a part of the UCLA Art and Global Health Center/Theatre of the Oppressed Program and we utilized concepts and theories of Theatre of the Oppressed to lead difficult conversations.
3) I had the unique opportunity to launch my Art Activism Project—“Don’t Ask Don’t Tell: Invisible Wounds”—and started dialogues about issues that were rarely spoken about among the veteran population. I spearheaded the entire evening, with my team of leaders, an evening with 100+ audience members and a team of 20 performers. Our evening got featured in CBS Los Angeles and The Daily Bruin.
4) I had the honor of running Operation Mend Undergraduate Association as the Head Coordinator, during which I learned how it felt like to truly love something and go at it full speed. I piloted along side the new Leadership Team with many “firsts”: first awareness night, first established Public Health teaching program for homeless veterans with substance abuse disorders and mental illnesses, first fundraising events, first food-serving programs for transitional housing veterans, etc.
5) I also founded my own non-profit organization based in Vietnam.
6) I will bring my extensive leadership experience as a Lab Manager, managing a team of post-doctoral scholars, PhDs and undergraduate students at UCLA AIDS Institute for 2 years after graduation. I will also bring my experiences conducting both basic science (lab bench, mouse work) and social science (I worked as an RA at the Greater LA VA with homeless veterans), and am willing to mentor any students who are curious and considering conducting research during school.
7) I will also hope to bring my unique life experiences/contributions as an international student from Vietnam, a previous HIV Test Counselor, my singing experience on the Ellen Show/Dodgers Game/Live Show with Demi Lovato/Walt Disney Concert Hall, etc. I also have been to 12 countries—the most unique one being Ghana, Africa on a medical mission trip. I love to share my stories and more importantly listen to others as well.
Undergraduate University: UCLA
Year of Graduation: 2016
Graduate University: University of California Irvine
Year of Graduation: 2020
Majors/Minors/Specialization: Masters in Nursing Science, Specialization in Community and Public Health
Grad school GPA (UC Irvine)= 4.0. Undergrad GPA (UCLA)= 3.7, Dean's Honor List - Fall 2013, Winter 2014, Winter 2016, Spring 2016.
Graduate Teaching Assistant at UC Irvine Department of Cell and Developmental Biology. Courses taught: • Courses taught: o Fall 2018: Biological Sciences 93: DNA to Organisms o Winter 2019: Biological Sciences D170: Applied Human Anatomy o Spring 2019: Biological Sciences D170: Applied Human Anatomy o Summer Session A 2019: Biological Sciences D103: Cell Biology o Summer Session B 2019: Biological Sciences 100: Scientific Writing o Fall 2019: Biological Sciences 93: DNA to Organisms o Winter 2020: Biological Sciences D170: Applied Human Anatomy UCLA | Academic Advancement Program Peer Learning Facilitator • Taught 5 chemistry laboratory courses to 150+ students • Provide interactive lesson plans, exam preparation and review of course content
Philanthropy / Volunteering Experience
RESEARCH EXPERIENCE UC Irvine School of Pharmacy Pharmaceutical Sciences March 2019- September 2019 Graduate Research Associate • Conducted research on efficacy of a Community Pharmacy Transitions of Care Program in collaboration with UCI, UCSD, USC,Ralph’s Pharmacy and PIH-Whittier Hospital to reduce hospital readmissions and reutilization rates of patients discharged from the hospital. • Participated in IRB process, consent forms, tracking logs and study supplies and materials creation UCLA AIDS Institute—Department of Medicine/Infectious Diseases October 2014 – December 2017 Undergraduate Researcher (2014-2016), Staff Research Associate (2016), Lab Manager (2016-2017) • Conducted research on HIV-related inflammation and immune dysfunction in pursuit of understanding HIV immunopathogenesis • Mentor: Dr. Theodoros Kelesidis, M.D, Ph.D., Dr. Dimitrios Vatakis, Ph.D. Greater LA Veterans Affairs’ Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers December 2013-May 2014 Undergraduate Research Assistant • Conducted research on the efficiency of Homeless Patient Aligned Care Team (HPACT) in the population of homeless veterans with substance abuse disorders and mental illnesses • Mentor: Dr. Sonya Gabrielian, M.D., M.P.H. PUBLICATIONS Sen Roy, S., Nguyen, H., Angelovich, T. A., Hearps, A. C., Huynh, D., Jaworowski, A., & Kelesidis, T. (2017). Cell-free Biochemical Fluorometric Enzymatic Assay for High-throughput Measurement of Lipid Peroxidation in High Density Lipoprotein. Journal of visualized experiments : JoVE, (128), 10.3791/56325. doi:10.3791/56325 Homann S, Hofmann C, Gorin AM, Nguyen HCX, Huynh D, et al. (2017) A novel rapid and reproducible flow cytometric method for optimization of transfection efficiency in cells. PLOS ONE 12(9): e0182941. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0182941 CLINICAL EXPERIENCE INTERNSHIPS (450+ HOURS) Pediatrics, Children’s Hospital of Orange County, 90 hours Fall 2019 Maternity and Women’s Health, Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian, 120 hours Fall 2019 Vulnerable Populations, Pediatrics, Illumination Foundation, 60 hours August 2019 Mental Health, St. Joseph Hospital of Orange, 90 hours Spring 2019 Adult Health Care, Orange Coast Memorial Hospital, 120 hours Spring 2019 UCLA HIV Counseling and Testing Coalition December 2016-Present Community Outreach Coordinator • Coordinated sexual-health outreach in the community • Hosted events to connect clients to resources and coach clients on different harm reduction practices and techniques • Trained undergraduate students on comprehensive review of STI/HIV transmission, harm-reduction counseling, result disclosure, cultural competence and linking patients to care WISEN (Wellness Initiative Student Empowerment Network) January 2015 – January 2017 Chairman & CEO • Founded this non-profit organization to educate Vietnamese high school students about sexual health through the medium of arts • Manage team of 12 directors, preside over weekly meetings & establish agenda • Successfully campaigned to secure sponsors for 1,000 HPV vaccines for underprivileged teens, delivered in a top medical center in Ho Chi Minh City UCLA Art and Global Health Center| Theatre of the Oppressed September 2014 - Present Actor-Activist- Coordinator • Taught 700+ Los Angeles teens about issues of sexual health (especially HIV and STIs), sexuality and gender • Collaborate with singers, dancers, actors, poets and musicians to create multimedia educational programs that are accessible Global Medical Brigades September 2013 Medical Brigader • Travelled to Ghana in December 2013 • Participated in the development of sustainable health initiatives and provided relief in a country with limited access to healthcare • Assisted with Triage, Pharmacy, Medical History, Medical Records Care Extender Clinical Internship Program July 2013 – May 2015 Intern; Department Coordinator Assistant • Answer phone calls, take messages for physicians or nurses and answer call light • Interact and assist with patients’ needs • Shadow physicians and nurses at the UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center and Santa Monica UCLA Medical Center UCLA Operation Mend Undergraduate Association March 2013 – May 2015 Head Coordinator • Managed a team of 15 directors to organize awareness nights, fundraising events, food-serving programs for transitional housing veterans • Coordinated the instigation of a Public Health teaching program for 100+ homeless veterans with substance abuse and mental disorders. • Created the Art Activism project “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell: Invisible Wounds” to generate dialogue about issues among the veteran population • The event, produced with 20 leaders and performers, attracted 100+ audience members and was featured in The Daily Bruin newspaper