The young Medical Doctor works at the French Scientific Central Authority CNRS, where he co-operates with the team at the Pasteur to research on communicable diseases, particularly Chlamydia, a sexually transmitted disease with the highest numbers of suffers (equivalent to the sexually transmitted disease caused by HIV virus). Chlamydia is one of the highest causes of blindness in children (Trachoma). Two diseases caused by the same bacterium affect hundreds of millions people around the world with no vaccine to prevent. This has created a massive health care burden on the entire world because the disease has to be treated with antibiotics. Minh’s team focused on biological targets to develop vaccines that effectively prevent Chlamydia.
Born in 1986 in a family with a tradition in teaching (Minh’s mother is a doctor and professor at Hoa Sen University), Minh was selected to get straight into HCMC Medicine and Pharmacy University in 2004 thanks to his first prize in the national contest in Biology, but Minh chose to study Medicine in Debrecen University, Hungary instead. Explaining this, Minh said it was due to seeing his older sister’s memorial portraiture, who died at an early age, which caused Minh to “wishes to do something to keep my beloved ones healthy.”
Thanks to three speeches at the students’ science research conference in three consecutive years since 2006 (two of which later became science articles), Minh was given a full scholarship for Ph.D by Debrecen University, which had no precedent of giving such privilege for foreign students. Later, this university has built its own Ph.D scholarships for foreign students.
During his research, Minh discussed about a method of analysing cell image automatically that he developed himself with a team of researchers in France, which lead Minh to be approved to work in the Centre national de la recherche scientifique – CNRS, France. CNRS deployed Minh’s team to work at Pasteur Institute.
CNRS deployed Minh’s team to work at Pasteur Institute, Paris. Minh’s method was applied successfully in four big topics: 1/ the qualitative and quantitative DNA’s damage in researching cancer, 2/ Monitoring the process of fat cells division in researching obesity treatment and proving the ability in preventing obesity of irisin, 3/ Measuring the interaction distance between protein molecule in microscope system, 4/ Analyzing blood cells’ forms in autoimmune diseases. Minh has published 16 articles on medical journals and magazines.
Apart from researching work at CNRS, Minh has his colleagues in Hungary will continue the researching direction to find the cure for obesity.
When asked about choosing practicing medicine and pursuing researching career, Minh explained: “Medicine is more like a karma than a profession. If we view medicine as a saving lives karma, then before we do any treatment procedures, there must had been someone who researched to find the medicine or the therapeutics.”
The model that Minh enjoys and tries to develop himself in life are people that research in various and multiple fields. Minh admires profound scientists who also know how to explain science wisdom to the mass like Michio Kabu, Neil deGrasse Tyson or philanthropists like Bill Gates. Minh wrote: “Perhaps Bill Gates was a big ‘doctor’ when he contributed his part in eliminating poliomyelite in Africa.”
In his spare time, Minh practices Ninjutsu and Aikido or plays football. Minh became a father at the end of 2015.