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Ha Nam Nguyen

Class 2010
Education MS, San Francisco State University

Dr. Hongjun Song

Current Position Postdoctoral Fellow

Johns Hopkins University

Research Interests

Human embryonic and induced pluripotent stem cells (hESCs and iPSCs) allow us to study our own development beginning from gametogenesis to sperm and egg fusion, to whole body formation, to aging leading to death, and to eternal youthful life. At this time, I am testing the feasibility of using hESCs and iPSCs to model human diseases, especially neurological disorders (Parkinson’s disease, autism, schizophrenia, Rett syndrome, Huntington’s disease, et al.) that cannot be faithfully modeled using animals, to understand their causes and to find ways to cure them. Overall, my research is aimed at fulfilling the goal that, one day, people can live a strong and happy life without worrying about suffering as treatments and cures are always available for all diseases and injuries.