Minh Thu Nguyen

Mentor: Dr. Robert Huigens
College of Pharmacy
 
"Research is the only way for us to discover something new. To be a well rounded person, i felt that i needed to know how to ask a question and then pursue the answers to that question in an efficient and methodical way. Joining a research lab was way to gain not only knowledge but learn teamwork and undertake real world responsibilities."

Major

Biochemistry and Sociology

Minor

N/A

Research Interests

  • Antiobiotics
  • Cosmetics Chemistry
  • Organic Synthesis

Academic Awards

  • Florida Academic Scholarship 2012-2013
  • Florida Academic Scholarship 2013-2014
  • Florida Academic Scholarship 2014-2015
  • University Scholars Program 2015

Organizations

  • Parrots and Pizza

Volunteer

  • North Florida Regional Medical Center

Hobbies and Interests

  • Crocheting/Knitting
  • Biking
  • Makeup Blogging
  • Parrots

Research Description

Investigation of Novel Phytochemical against Broad-Spectrum Bacterial Pathogens
Using the library of synthesized compounds from the lab, I plan to test them in several different types of assays including MIC (minimum inhibitory concentration), eradication, potentiation, inhibition, persister cells assays against several strains of S. aureus, S. epidermidis, A. baumannii, and their clinical isolates. I will investigate and develop nitroloxine (and new analogues that chemists are synthesizing in Dr. Huigens’ lab) as biofilm-eradicating agents against Acinetobacter baumannii and Staphylococcus aureus/S. epidermidis biofilms. Our hopes are that we can bring the first bacterial biofilm eradicating agent to the clinic to effectively treat biofilm-associated bacterial infections as bacterial biofilms are highly prevalent and notorious for being drug resistant to our entire arsenal of antibiotics.