Dr. Tran is a high-achieving biomedical scientist with 6 years of research experience in both academia and high-tech industry in Australia, Germany and Vietnam. He is an expert in development of nanotech medical diagnostic devices, smart sensor network and industrial R&D compliant to regulatory certifications (CE, ISO).
Dr Tran joined the University of South Australia as a PhD candidate in 2011 to develop a silicon nanowire field effect transistor biosensing platform for point of care detection of cancer markers in patient’s biopsy. He spent a year at the Forschungzentrum Juelich (Germany), one of the world premier research organization in solid-state technology, for development of silicon nanowire transistor. He successfully validated preclinically a novel sensing technology designed to help reducing follow-up cancer surgery by detecting ultra-low amounts of cancer cells disseminated in healthy tissues within the time-frame of a surgery.
After graduation from the University of South Australia in 2015, Dr Tran spent 3 years working as a R&D leader at RAM group DE GmbH, an Israel-Singaporean high tech medical company based in Zweibruecken (Germany). In this role, he was responsible for a small team developing new sensing technology and providing technical support to the company and client projects.
To date, Dr Tran has published 15 publications in peer-reviewed prestigious journals/conferences (53% first author), 1 US patent and secured ~ $ 350K of research funding and private industry investment. Some of his research has attracted significant media attention (e.g. Phys.org, Medtech, Australia Research Magazine, Biospace…). Dr Tran has been the recipient of 9 international awards/grants and (AU-DAAD, IEEE Nanotechnology, Young researcher fellowship…). As an effective communicator, he was invited to teach the Biosensor and Bioelectronics course of the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Master program in 2016-2017.
Dr Tran is actively engaged in his community. He has been served as an onsite coordinator for Habitat for Humanity (NGO, US) in 2008, aiming to build home for homeless people in Vietnam with the support from ex-US president Jimmy Carter. He is regularly invited to serve as a reviewer for peer-reviewed scientific journals in his field (Applied Physics Letter, Biomedical Microdevice, Sensors, Material and Semiconductor Processing). He is seen as an active committee member of the ARC Centre of Excellence for Convergent Bio-Nano Science &Technology (CBNS, Australia), conference organizer (Frontiers in Bio-Nanoscience, Melbourne 2018) and served as representative of Vietnam Young Academy of Science (Stockholm, 2016).