- 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.
- Marc’s interest is in the seasonality, spatial dynamics and optimal control of infectious diseases. His approach is based on data-driven mathematical and computational modeling. Marc holds MSc degrees in agronomy, bio-statistics and ecology & evolution, and a PhD in integrative biology. After a 2-year position at the university of Georgia (USA) as a research fellow he joined the French Institut de Recherche pour le Développement (IRD) in 2006. Marc’s been based in Vietnam (Hanoi) since 2012 with a co-affiliation between IRD and OUCRU. He’s been working mostly on dengue fever and human influenza data from the national surveillance systems. In 2016 Marc started shifting his research agenda more and more towards AMR.
- James Campbell has been working at OUCRU as the head of the Research Microbiology Laboratory since 1999. He has worked on many human clinical and veterinary projects. James has a wealth of experience in both human clinical and veterinary diagnostics spanning many years. He has co-authoured over 150 peer-reviewed publications.James is a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences, UK and was awarded the Ho Chi Minh Medal by the Vietnamese Government for his work in medicine and science for the benefit of the people of Viet Nam.
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.
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).