Dr. Thao Nguyen focuses her practice on patent preparation and prosecution in the field of life sciences.
Thao earned her PhD in Biology from Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For her dissertation, she used mass spectrometry and genetically modified mouse models of Fibronectin to study extracellular matrix proteins that are important for blood vessel formation in early development. She also conducted a research project on the role of several platelet integrin receptors in hemostasis. She was awarded the Praecis Presidential Fellowship for the top 6 percent of new graduate students worldwide.
Thao graduated summa cum laude from the Bates College, where she worked on the link between EMC virus replication and ubiquitin-protein ligase E6AP as an undergraduate research assistant. She also completed an internship at the Pasteur Institute (Paris, France) through a summer fellowship granted by Howard Hughes Medical Institute. During her internship, she worked on determining the effects of oxidative compounds on the activation of dysentery-causing bacteria S. flexneri. In addition, Thao has served as a translator for Molecular Cell Biology—Vietnamese Edition (Lodish).
Active in the community, she co-created a fellowship program named Dream Project Incubator to support impactful ideas of young Vietnamese with mentorship and learning trips to Boston.