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Cuong Le - Biochemistry and Microbiology

Cuong Le, originally from Calgary, chose to do his graduate studies in the Department of Biochemistry and Microbiology because of the quality of UVic’s research labs, equipment and facilities, and the professors he wanted to work with.

Cuong’s research has focused on metabolomic analysis of plant and bacterial metabolism and its application to human health. Over the past six years, he has worked as an undergraduate student research assistant and research assistant in collaborative multidisciplinary environments at the University of British Columbia Okanagan and the UVic Genome BC Proteomics Centre. He is funded through the NSERC CREATE program and has been the recipient of several graduate awards.

Through his affiliation with UVic, Cuong has found several science outreach programs to connect with the community including Let’s Talk Science and the Society of the Advancement of Young Scientists.

Cuong has been supported extensively from both the departments of Biochemistry and Biology. In particular, the department head and graduate advisers have helped him in planning his degree, and all of the professors have been receptive to his requests for assistance.

Once Cuong has completed his graduate degree, he plans on transferring to a PhD program and eventually becoming a professor. His advice to incoming graduate students is to take advantage of the size and diversity of our campus and to try to meet up with people in other departments.

Find out more about biochemistry and microbiology at UVic.

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