I was born and raised in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, but have called West Chester (Pennsylvania), Abu Dhabi, New York, and Toronto home for the past few years as I moved around for my education. I was originally interested in developmental biology because of the beautiful, endless patterns that can be specified by genetic and non-genetic factors during development. I then became fascinated with the power of algorithms and data in uncovering and modeling these patterns. I am currently pursuing my PhD in computational biology in the lab of cancer biologist Nikolaus Schultz, with the hope of finding novel patterns that drive certain aspects of cancer. I was attracted to GSK because of its dynamic environment and innovative spirit, which encourages student-driven changes instead of shunning them in favor of well-established traditions. This spirit, along with support from the administration and a top-notch research faculty, creates a nurturing, tight-knit environment where I feel safe to learn, make mistakes, and grow.
Thinh N. Tran
Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences