Loan Nguyen

Favourite Thing: I enjoy teaching science in public engagement events



The University of Nottingham 1997-2001


PhD Neuroscience

Work History:

University of Manchester

Current Job:

Research scientist


Elly Cartwright

Me and my work

I learn about how fat clogs up the blood vessels and causes heart attacks

The title of my project is called ‘The role of PMCA1 in atherosclerosis.’ PMCA1 is a calcium pump which pumps calcium out of many cells in our body. Abnormal PMCA1 function has been shown to be linked to many human diseases including high blood pressure, obesity and heart attacks.

I believe that my work is very important and that one day it will help doctors to treat patients who are suffering from such diseases.

Aside from being a scientist, I am also a wife and a mum. My daughter is 12 years old and knows all the right buttons to press to utterly wind me up. I love chocolate, puddings and all things sweet. When I have time, I enjoy cooking for my family.

My Typical Day

There is no typical day in my work.

Some days I could be completely absorbed in my reading, on other days, I could be running around trying to set up for my experiments. Sometimes my experiments can run over a period of three days and sometimes only thirty minutes. My schedule can be very flexible and I plan my time as I see best but on occasions, when I am working in a team for an experiment or when an experiment needs my attention on a specific date/time, I will need to be at work even if I am not particularly well.

What I'd do with the money

Spend it on playdough

I would like to spend it on different colour playdough so that I can teach school children how to make a model of their own heart to take home with them.

My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

friendly, creative, driven

Who is your favourite singer or band?

Celine Dion

What's your favourite food?

Coconut ice-cream

What is the most fun thing you've done?


What did you want to be after you left school?

A scientist

Were you ever in trouble at school?


What was your favourite subject at school?


What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

Teach younger scientist

What or who inspired you to become a scientist?

A film call Lorenzo’s Oil

If you weren't a scientist, what would you be?

A teacher

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

1.Be an amazing cook. 2. Have the ability to stop time. 3. Be rich

Tell us a joke.

What kind of candy is never on time? ChocoLATE

Other stuff

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