Thanh Thanh Phan
Hometown: Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam
Minors: French and Music
Concentration: Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Favorite Ice Cream Flavor: Avocado
Best Adjective to Describe You: Calm
In 10 words or less, why should a student want to be involved in this department?
Because we are cool like liquid Nitrogen!
What initially drew you to this department? What keeps you coming back?
I was interested in Chemistry in high school, and was planning to go to medical school, but now that I’m working in a lab I think this area is what I am interested in.
What’s your biggest piece of advice to first years and sophomores in this department?
Try out a research position for the summer. You will gain a lot of skills and insight!
How does your department connect to your other interests and activities?
The Chemistry Department also organizes activities for students to be engaged in the community as well as on campus (Sisters in Science, Dow Open, ACS day, etc.) where we do experiments that would relate to daily life. For me, this is the most interesting and fun part of chemistry because it is directly applicable. Also, chemists and bakers are similar, aren’t they? :)
What’s the most valuable thing you’ve learned at K?
During my time here at K, I have had the opportunity to interact with many people. It might be a cliché to say this but we can never judge a book by its cover. I saw people in a different way once I got to know their back-story.
What has been your favorite class at K? Why?
My favorite class has been Instrumental Methods where I learned a new instrument. It was a valuable experience in terms of self-growth and stepping out of my comfort zone.
What is your SIP?
Currently I am working on a detection method for biomarkers of breast cancer using molecular beacons for my SIP.
What are your career aspirations/next steps after K?
I am looking forward to working in the analytical field after I graduate and potentially going to graduate school in or outside the US.