Ha Phuong Thu
Head of Laboratory of Biomedical Nanomaterials
Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology
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I was born into a traditional family of teachers. So, when standing in front of the university, I chose to follow the education of chemistry to continue the succession of my parents. After graduating from university I was assigned to teach at An Luong Dong High School, 30 kilometres from home. Three years passed; I was a good teacher with great enthusiasm for the pupils of my homeland. But then, learning pushed me further to develop more knowledge to serve the poetic land of Hue. In 2003 I successfully defended my doctoral dissertation and was ranked as excellent. In 2004 I received a postdoctoral fellowship at the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission. There I learnt much about the structure of proteins that are biologically active, and my story of the application of my scientific achievements to practical support for cancer patients was formed during my days in France.