|Dr. Freddy T. Nguyen, M.D., Ph.D. received his Ph.D. from the Department of Chemistry at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his M.D. from the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He received his B.S. in Chemistry and B.A. in Mathematics from Rice University. Dr. Nguyen is currently a Research Associate in the Department of Chemical Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He has extensive experience in biomedical optics and cancer research at Rice University, Baylor College of Medicine, and the Massachusetts Institutes of Technology leading to multiple publications and patents. During his PhD, he received a predoctoral fellowship from the Breast Cancer Research Program of the Department of Defense – Congressional Directed Medical Programs. This thesis research focused on the development and validation of Optical Coherence Tomography for the intraoperative assessment of tumor margins and lymph nodes during breast cancer surgeries. He also worked on the development of targeted multi-modal protein microspheres as a delivery vehicle for contrast agents to bridge the localization of tumor cells across macro scale and micron scale imaging modalities such as MRI, Fluorescence, OCT, and Magnetomotive-OCT. His previous work has also focused on other spectroscopic techniques such as intrinsic fluorescence, Raman, diffuse reflectance, and light scattering for the detection and diagnosis of cancer as well as evaluate tumor responses to chemotherapeutics. His research interests lie in the development and translation of optical imaging techniques, targeted particle development, and nanoscale sensors particularly in their applications to the field of oncology.
Dr. Nguyen has consistently been a strong advocate for trainees throughout his career. He is the founder and was the President (2005-2008) and Chairman of the Board of Directors (2005-2010) for the American Physician Scientists Association, an organization that was built to support and advocate for physician-scientist trainees. In 2006, he was recognized by the Excellence in Medicine Award from the American Medical Association Foundation for his leadership. In 2014, the American Physician Scientists Association (APSA) jointly with the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians recognized Dr. the APSA Directors’ Award for for his “indefatigable dedication to physician-scientist trainees” and in celebration of 10th anniversary of the founding of APSA. He was a member of the Physician Scientist Initiative Committee headed by the Association of Professors of Medicine (2006-2008) and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Clinical and Translational Science Network headed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science & Science Careers (2008-2011). He also represented his peers by serving on the Associate Member Council of the American Association for Cancer Research (2009-2012), and on the Council of Student Members for American College of Physicians (2015-2016). He has also remains highly committed and involved with his alma mater, Rice University currently serving as President of the Rice Alumni in Medicine group and having previously served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Rice Alumni (2008-2011).