Researcher

Dr Minh Phan

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Biography

Minh Phan has joined School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) as a Posdoctoral Research Fellow since November 2019. She undertook her PhD in Food Science and Technology at UNSW School of Chemical Engineering under the prestigious Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship. During her PhD, she used a human colorectal adenocarcinoma cell line (Caco-2 cells) to evaluate changes in cellular biological effects and cellular uptake of phytochemicals as...view more

Minh Phan has joined School of Optometry and Vision Science (SOVS) as a Posdoctoral Research Fellow since November 2019. She undertook her PhD in Food Science and Technology at UNSW School of Chemical Engineering under the prestigious Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship. During her PhD, she used a human colorectal adenocarcinoma cell line (Caco-2 cells) to evaluate changes in cellular biological effects and cellular uptake of phytochemicals as a result of food co-digestion. She tested antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities of different phytochemical combinations for synergistic effects using both chemical and cellular models, and successfully developed LC-MS/MS methods for the measurement of different bioactive compounds extracted from plant-based materials and cell culture. She had published 6 articles during her PhD candidature in high impact peer-reviewed journals. 

Minh will apply her expertise in human cell culture and analytical chemistry for delivering studies to investigate the effects of sex hormones including oestrogens and androgens on the tear film and ocular surface using human meibomian gland epithelial cell (HMGEC) line. She is working with other senior SOVS researchers to establish cell culture conditions for differentiation of HMGEC, and to develop LC-MS/MS methods for quantification of sex steroids and lipids produced by HMGEC cells.

 


My Qualifications

  •  PhD in Food Science and Technology (UNSW, 2019)
  •  Master of Food Science (University of Melbourne, 2012)
  •  Bachelor of Food Engineering (HCMC University of Technology, 2007)

My Awards

  •  Australian Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship, 2015-2019.
  •  UNSW Best Food Science Seminar, 2018.
  •  UNSW Postgraduate Research Support Scheme (PRSS) Award, 2017. 
  •  Australian Development Scholarship, 2010-2012.
  •  VLIR-UOS Fellowship, 2013.

My Research Activities

Current research activities involve:

  •  Establishment of HMGEC cell culture condition
  •  Measurement of sex steroids from cultured HMGEC and human eyelid tissues using LC-MS/MS
  •  Identification and measurement of lipids produced by HMGEC 
  •  Transcriptome analysis of genes associated with lipid biosynthesis in HMGEC
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Location

Level 3, Room 3.061
Rupert Myers Building, North Wing (M15)


Contact

+61-2-9385 4829

Publications

by Dr Minh Phan