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Tram Nguyen

Affiliations and Roles

Graduate Mentor, PhD Student, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology

Graduate Mentor

Research Interests: I study the genomic consequences of population decline in an endangered bird, the Florida scrub-jay. As habitat loss and climate change intensifies, more and more species are expected to go extinct; therefore, I am trying to understand what happens on the genetic level as these populations crash. Specifically, I am trying to quantify the levels of inbreeding in these vulnerable populations and ultimately pinpoint certain genes that may be associated with inbreeding depression. 

About Me: I am a 5th year PhD Candidate and first-generation college student. I was born in Vietnam and grew up in San Diego, California after my family immigrated to the US. I went to college at UC Berkeley where I completed a senior thesis and decided to pursue graduate school thanks to the support from an awesome graduate mentor I had. In my senior year, I spent a year traveling around Australia and New Zealand studying fishes in the Great Barrier Reef. After college, I wanted to experience something outside of academia and so I worked as a Research Assistant in the genetics lab at the San Diego Zoo while applying to graduate school. In my free time, I enjoy reading, painting, hiking, traveling and petting dogs!
I’m happy to talk with you about: Navigating grad school or deciding if it’s right for you, mental health and imposter syndrome, careers in biology (biotechnology, etc), or anything else!