- VIPARC PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
Juan is a veterinary epidemiologist with over 15 years’ experience in veterinary research and public health. Juan’s training background includes graduate in Veterinary Medicine (University of Cordoba, Spain), an MSc (Tropical Veterinary Medicine) (Edinburgh University, Scotland) and a PhD in veterinary epidemiology (Warwick University, UK). Juan also completed a fellowship of the European Programme for Intervention Epidemiology Training (EPIET) at the Swedish Institute for Infectious Disease Control (SMI). Juan has been involved in numerous multi-disciplinary research projects on livestock and poultry in countries such as Great Britain, Bolivia, Sweden and Vietnam. In February 2010 Juan joined the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) to work as technical advisor (veterinary epidemiologist) on the Vietnam programme to control Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) H5N1. Since September 2011 Juan has been working at Oxford University (OUCRU) in Ho Chi Minh City, where he conducted field-based research on topics such as avian influenza, non-typhoid Salmonella, Campylobacter, Bartonella, leptospirosis and antimicrobial resistance (AMR). In March 2016 he was awarded an Intermediate Clinical Fellowship by the Wellcome Trust to conduct a field trial to reduce antimicrobial use in chicken farming systems in Vietnam. Juan’s main drive is to develop practical measures to improve control of zoonotic bacterial diseases and AMR.
Nguyen Van Cuong
- VIPARC PROJECT COORDINATOR
Cuong graduated in Veterinary Medicine at Nong Lam University (Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam) in 2008. After that, he was awarded an MSc on Biotechnology by the University of Paris-Sud XI. In 2011 he started working as a Research Assistant at the Zoonoses Group at OUCRU. During 2012-2015 Cuong worked as a field veterinary co-ordinator for VIZIONS (Vietnam Initiatiative on Zoonotic Infections), a Wellcome Trust-funded Project. This work involved interacting with a number of communities in rural Vietnam and sampling a range of animal species, both domestic and wild. Recently the phenomenon of antibiotic resistance has become an important part of OUCRU’s Zoonoses Group portfolio, given the high quantities of antimicrobials used in farming and the high levels of antimicrobial resistance found in animal populations and the environment. Cuong’s research interests are to understand the sources and drivers of antimicrobial resistance in farming systems, as well as to formulate control strategies to reduce antimicrobial usage and mitigate the occurrence of antimicrobial resistance in the animal farm reservoir. Cuong has also applied to study a PhD at the Open University (UK) using data generated from ViParc.
Nguyen Thi Nhung
- VIPARC LABORATORY COORDINATOR
Nhung obtained her BSc in Biotechnology from Ho Chi Minh University of Science in 2011. In March 2012 she joined OUCRU as an MSc student investigating the impact of disinfectants used on farms on the development of antimicrobial resistance in bacterial isolates (including foodborne pathogens). In August 2013, she works as research assistant in the Zoonoses group. Over the last few years, Nhung has been involved many projects investigating food-borne pathogens and AMR in animal production in Vietnam. Nhung is competent in a broad range of phenotypic and genotypic microbiological techniques.
Nguyen Thi Bich Van
- LABORATORY TECHNICIAN
Van graduated from the Ho Chi Minh City-based International University (Vietnam National University) in early 2017 with a Bachelor’s degree in Biotechnology. She enjoys working in the field of Medical Microbiology and holds a wide range of research interests, including antibiotic susceptibility, multi-drug resistance in human commensal bacteria, detection of virulence genes using molecular techniques, and development of new antibiotics. In the summer of 2016, Van received a scholarship from the South Korean government to participate in an ASEAN-focused program for science and engineering students. She has worked for the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) since March 2017, putting in her best effort and creativity for ViParc as a laboratory technician.
Nguyen Thi Phuong Yen
- LABORATORY TECHNICIAN
Yen graduated from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Science in 2010 with a Bachelor’s in Biotechnology. She then joined the quality control team at the Hanoi-based Centre for Research and Production of Vaccines and Biology (POLYVAC), focusing on cell and viral culture from 2011-2014. Relocating to Ho Chi Minh City, Yen became a volunteer for the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in November 2016 and developed a keen interest in serology as well as fungology. Since January 2018, Yen has been a Laboratory Technician for ViParc, which she considers a prime opportunity to sharpen her skills in microbiology, including conducting antimicrobial susceptibility tests.
Doan Hoang Phu
- DATA MANAGER
Phu has just obtained his Master’s course from InterRisk (a program run by collaboration between Ecole Nationale Vétérinaire de Toulouse, CIRAD and Kasetsart University (Bangkok). In January 2018, Phu joined ViParc as an internship student in a study about socio-economic drivers of antimicrobial usage. Phu is responsible for data management.
Vu Thi Quynh Giao
- PUBLIC ENGAGEMENT COORDINATOR
Born and raised in the Mekong Delta, Giao has tasked herself with the mission of making antimicrobial resistance an in-here, not out-there, discourse for poultry farmers in the region. She hopes the ViParc project will achieve this by engaging the Vietnamese public in conversations that are scientific, interactive – and – fun. Joining the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) in 2017, Giao brings to her public-engagement role five years’ experience in nonprofit communications, social research and project management. She holds a Bachelor’s in Communication from RMIT University and is an alumna of the Emerging Leaders International Fellows Program at the City University of New York (Graduate Center).