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The first Vietnamese of Cambridge lab biologist wins prestigious European Science Award

Jessica Nguyen

Aug 10, 2022

The first Vietnamese of Cambridge lab biologist wins prestigious European Science Award


According to Eppendorf Corporate, Dr. Nguyen Thi Hoang Duong is awarded for her work on the structure and function of two RNA-protein complexes, spliceosome and telomerase, that are essential for all higher organisms.


Her research provides a fundamental understanding of the structure and function of these complexes and is expected to have a lasting impact on the future knowledge of RNA processing and genome stability.




She is currently working at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology at the University of Cambridge in the UK. Her award-winning work is the result of 16 years of research.

Dr. Duong is the first Vietnamese and the second Asian to be honored with the prize in its 27-year existence.



The Eppendorf Award for Young European Investigators, established in 1995, honors outstanding works in biomedical research and provides support for young scientists in Europe up to the age of 35. The award is presented in partnership with the scientific journal Nature. The winner also receives EUR20,000 (US$20,353) in cash and has the opportunity to have their research published in Nature.



Duong, who was born in 1987 in the central Vietnamese province of Quang Ngai, won a full scholarship to attend Wellington Girls' School in New Zealand for high school. Then, she gained full undergraduate and graduate scholarships to study chemistry at the Australian National University.



She was granted a PhD scholarship to Trinity College under Cambridge University. After earning her doctorate at the age of 26, she began working at Cambridge University.

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