Sang Huynh


  • The University of Western Australia (M310), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


  • The University of Western Australia (M460), 35 Stirling Highway,

    6009 Perth


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Personal profile


In 2011, I graduated a biotechnology course as a biotech engineer from Nong Lam University, Ho Chi Minh city (NLU) which is a top and largest university for biotechnology, plant science, animal science, agronomy, agriculture and forestry in Vietnam. I had been working more than 5 years as a researcher in high standard molecular biology lab (accredited with Vilas 548 and ISO/IEC 17025:2005) in Research Institute for Biotechnology and Environment (RIBE) - Nong Lam University before moving to Perth for my 2-year master course of genetics and breeding at The University of Western Australia (UWA) in 2016 Jan, under sponsorship from prestigious Australian Award Scholarship. Since 2017 Jan, I have joined the research group of professor Ian Small at ARC Center of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology - School of Molecular Sciences for my master research project. In 2018, I have been awarded the prestigious international RTP fee offset scholarship and university postgraduate award to pursue PhD program and continued to work with Prof. Small. I also excellently won Charles And Annie Neumann Fellowship – PhD top up Scholarship in Agriculture as a living stipend.

With a passion for cell molecular biology and translating basic research into the industry, I have developed and been involved in a wide range of research topics during studying and working in Vietnam. I was responsible to develop, validate and apply molecular biology protocols (end-point PCR, nested PCR, multiplex PCR, RT-PCR, Real-time RT-PCR, multiplex Realtime PCR) for diagnosing and screening GMO; plant pathogens e.g. phytoplasma, CMV, and CSV; aquatic animal pathogens e.g. WSSV, YHV, and MBV; livestock animal pathogens e.g. PRRS and PCV2 for industrial partners. I also joined the research team to apply molecular markers to investigate genetic diversity for conservation and plant breeding. I was a team leader for four research projects funded by NLU and co-author (directly received) for one research grant funded by the department of science and technology in Tay Ninh province, one research project sponsored by the Ministry of Education and Training, and one grant from the pretigous National Foundation for Science and Technology Development (NAFOSTED). In terms of student supervising, I successfully co-supervised nine last-year biotechnological students conducting one-year graduating research projects and three undergraduate students carrying out one-year student research projects. I was also an advisor for molecular biology lab and techniques for one PhD and two master students in Aquacultural Science,  five master students in Biotechnology, six master students in Plant Protection, and four 4th-year students in Agricultural Science at NLU. Regarding teaching and tutoring, I have been a lab demonstrator for Fundamental Biochemistry (5 credit, 200 students) in years 2012, 2013, and 2014; Diagnosis of Aquatic Disease by Molecular Biology (2 credits, 80 students) in years 2014 and 2015; Fundamental Cell Molecular Biology (5 credit, 200 students) in years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 at NLU. Thanks to collaborating with NLU's researchers, I have published nine research articles in Vietnam's national high-quality peer-review journal and one in a Scopus-indexed journal.

After moving to Perth as a master's student in Genetic and Breeding, I am interested in how to apply a molecular tool to develop high-yield crops on large scale. Currently, my PhD's project focus to investigate how restorer-of-fertility protein interacts with Cytoplasmic male sterility-associated transcripts at the molecular level. The research outcome will significantly contribute to breeding programs for hybrid-variety development. 

Education/Academic qualification

Agricultural Science in Genetic and Breeding, Master degree, The University of Western Australia

Award Date: 2 Feb 2018

Biotechnology, Biotech engineer degree, Nong Lam University, Ho Chi Minh City

Award Date: 1 Nov 2011

Research expertise keywords

  • Cell Molecular biology
  • System Biology
  • Genetics and Breeding
  • Synthetic biology
  • Biotechnology
  • Bioinformatics


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