Nga Tran

Mentor: Dr. Suming Huang
College of Medicine
"I wanted to get involved with research to be able to make contributions in the field of medicine as an undergraduate. I wanted to gain in-depth knowledge and be challenged to think in new ways. Being involved in research allows me to take advantage of all the learning opportunities available while also growing professionally. I can improve on my skills of communication, teamwork, and problem solving. All these would help in the long run in becoming a great physician."





Research Interests

  • Cancer
  • Biochemistry
  • Molecular Biology

Academic Awards

  • Bright Futures Scholar
  • AP Scholar
  • Calvin Klein Scholarship
  • Universtiy Scholars Program


  • Student Affiliates of the American Chemical Society
  • Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
  • The National Society of Collegiate Scholars


  • Pediatric Department at UF Health
  • Emergency Department at Mount Sinai Medical Center
  • Oncology/Hematology Department at UF Medical Plaza

Hobbies and Interests

  • American Sign Language
  • Swimming

Research Description

In Vivo Characterization of the Function of TAL1 Enhancer Elements in Hematopoietic Development
This project is about the transcription factor's biological role in hematopoiesis and leukemogenesis. Using CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing technology to manipulate oncogene TAL1 enhancer and promoter elements and to examine the role of TAL1 expression in normal hematopoiesis and leukemogenesis.