Previously Featured: Tiffany Satoorian- May 2009
Meet one of our graduate students:
Vu N. Tran
Vu N. Tran
Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience
University of California, Riverside

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Science in Biochemistry
University of California, Riverside, June 2005

Cell, Molecular, and Developmental Biology Graduate Student
University of California, Riverside, current

CONTACT
e-mail : VuFrank83@msn.com
My name is Vu Tran. I am a second year graduate student in the Cell, Molecular and Developmental Biology Graduate Program at UCR. I am working on mouse embryonic stem cells in Dr. Prue Talbotís lab. Previous research in our lab has shown that certain cigarette chemical toxicants can have adverse effects on various types of mammalian cells. I am determining how cigarette toxicants influence mouse embryonic stem cells, a type of pluripotent cell that can give rise to all cell types within the embryo. Specifically I am evaluating how cigarette toxicants affect parameters such as apoptosis, proliferation, survival, and maintenance of pluripotency. Immunohistochemistry, the polymerase chain reaction, and embryoid body formation are some techniques that I am using to test for the maintenance of pluripotency. Fluorescent activated cell sorting (FACS) is being used to evaluate cell survival as well as the rate of division and growth of mouse embryonic stem cells.

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
Undergraduate Research, UC Riverside, 03/02-06/05
Smoke solution extract from commercial brand cigarettes was used to test the effect of ciliary beating in mammalian, female reproductive tract, using hamsters. Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) was used to determine the concentrations of certain toxicants in commercial brand cigarettes.
Advisor: Dr. Prue Talbot, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience

Graduate Research, UC Riverside, 09/05-present
Previous research in our lab has shown that cigarette toxicants have various effects on different types of mammalian cells. I am currently examining how these toxicants influence survival and growth of mouse embryonic stem cells. In addition, I am working with a colleague on differentiating stem cells into fertilizable oocytes that could lead to infertility therapy in the future.
Advisor: Dr. Prue Talbot, Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience

CONFERENCES AND PRESENTATIONS
Toxicants in Commercial Cigarettes, Including Harm Reduction Cigarettes, Inhibit Ciliary Beat Frequency. Presented at the Southern California Conference on Undergraduate Research (SCCUR), UC Irvine, November 2003

Toxicants in Commercial Cigarettes, Including Harm Reduction Cigarettes, Inhibit Ciliary Beat Frequency. Presented at the 29th annual West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference, San Diego, CA, April 2004

HONORS AND AWARDS
Outstanding Presentation in Physiology Award, West Coast Biological Sciences Undergraduate Research Conference, San Diego, CA, 2004

PUBLICATIONS
Riveles, K., Tran V., Roza, R., Kwan, D., Talbot, P. (2006). Smoke from Traditional Commercial, Harm Reduction, and Research Brand Cigarettes Impairs Oviductal Functioning in Hamsters (Merocricetus auratus) In Vitro. Human Reproduction. doi:10.1093/humrep/del380
Archive: Vu Tran- May 2007 | Sabrina Lin- Sept 2007 | Tiffany Satoorian- May 2009 | Stem Cell Students - Feb 2015
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