Angie Nguyen is an alumna of the PhD in Pharmaceutical Sciences (PSC) program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy.
Under the mentorship of Mandy Oglesby-Sherrouse, PhD, Angie successfully defended her dissertation titled "Iron-regulated Production of Antimicrobial Metabolites by Pseudomonas aeruginosa" in 2016. She currently serves as an Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) fellow at the Food and Drug Administration.
What interested you most about the PhD in PSC program at the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy?
The PhD in PSC program appealed to me because of its application to human health and its diverse areas of research, which are all housed under one department. Coming from an undergraduate university that focused primarily on agricultural research, I appreciate the opportunity to continue my education at an institution that has so many connections to health sciences and prestigious research institutes, such as the National Institutes of Health. I also enjoy being able to collaborate with other faculty and students on a wide range of research projects, as well as taking advantage of opportunities to learn many new techniques.
How would you describe your experience in the program?
My experience was very positive. I met a lot of people and learned many new techniques. I also had opportunities to collaborate with different faculty members and students, and was able to learn a lot. The coursework offered through the program was also instrumental in helping to broaden my understanding of the diverse topics addressed within pharmaceutical sciences research. It truly opened my eyes to the many possibilities that exist for me in this field.
How do you believe the PhD in PSC program helped prepare you to succeed in your career?
The PhD in PSC program helped me to become a more well-rounded and interdisciplinary scientist, which has made me an attractive candidate for future employers. In addition, this interdisciplinary training has allowed me to communicate more effectively with researchers as well as other professionals across all different disciplines.
Reflecting on your time in the PhD in PSC program, what is the most important advice that you would offer to current or prospective students?
My advice to both current and prospective students is to make the most of the connections that faculty in the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences have across academia, government, and industry. Take advantage of the seminars offered and try to meet people that visit the department, because you never know when your efforts might lead to a job opportunity.