Nguyen (Nathan) Vo has a PhD in Biology from the University of Waterloo (UW). He received the W.B. Pearson Medal for creative doctoral research. Following his doctorate, he conducted further scientific research at McMaster University, WLU, UW, and the University of Windsor.
Vo's research activities are interdisciplinary and diverse. He had formal academic training in cell biology and virology. His research portfolio has since expanded to include scholarship in immunology (antiviral immunity), radiation biology (radiation effects on human cancer cells and non-human biota), and forensic science.
In 2021, Vo conducted community-based research at UW where he studied COVID-19 antibody immunity levels in a campus population and in hospitalized patient cohorts. This project is part of the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force by the Government of Canada.
In the Department of Health Studies at WLU, he teaches Applied Health Sciences courses and Physical Forensics courses.
Science students interested in lab-based research projects will learn techniques in cell and tissue culture, cytology, microscopy, immunochemistry, molecular biology, quantitative analyses, and in vitro bioassay development.
Current biomedical research projects focus on the immunobiology of antiviral defences and the cell biology of epithelial/endothelial barriers.
Current forensic science research projects focus on forensic genetics, novel forensic detection methods, and trace evidence analysis.
Dr. Vo supports student research positions. He fosters a stimulating interdisciplinary learning environment in his research group. He welcomes students from different academic and personal backgrounds to develop research projects with him, especially to enrich their studies with further scientific education and training. Highly motivated and scientifically curious students are encouraged to contact Dr. Vo for available research positions. Students can choose to pursue scientific research that involves lab work and data collection or research that focuses on literature-based knowledge inquiry and discovery.
Possible opportunities may be available for students to do research via course credits that count towards their degree completion and graduation requirements. Dr. Vo supports student research via a two-semester thesis course (e.g. UU499) and one-semester directed studies courses (e.g. HS412).
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Office location: RCE254
Languages spoken: English, Vietnamese