A reputable member of the RMIT School of Science, Dr Tien Huynh is an experienced lecturer and brings a wealth of knowledge and dedication to her students and their coursework.
Adept and progressive, Dr Huynh utilises the latest cutting edge technology available at her disposal in order to engage and encourage students from a diverse range of fields and backgrounds to excel and pursue their own academic goals. It is through this approach and her many years of research and teaching that Tien is able to cultivate a motivational learning environment, empowering students to strive for greatness and excellence.
Most recently, Dr Huynh has been acknowledged and rewarded for her academic rigor and passion for science; rewarded with the highly esteemed Superstars of STEM award; a program which recognises the top 30 female scientists excelling in their field by Science and Technology Australia (the nation's peak body in science and technology). This is driven from the significant contributions that she has made towards industry and education, a result of her extensive research, teaching standards and transformative projects undertaken.
In conjunction with universities of global excellence and industry partners, Dr Huynh also spearheads international study programs throughout Asia; allowing students to utilise their skills and knowledge gained through their experiences at RMIT. It is through these insightful placements that students are able put into practice their skills at an industry level.
- Orchidaceae, mycorrhizal fungi
- Environmental changes and impacts (fire, climate change)
- Medicinal plants
- Cancer and photobiology
- Cardiovascular diseases (diabetes, obesity)
- Gene expression
- Protein expression
- Molecular biology
- Fire impact on orchid and mycorrhizal fungi regeneration, growth and diversity.
- Environmental impacts on orchids and mycorrhizal fungi.
- Seasonal impacts on mycorrhizal fungi and orchids.
- Mycorrhizal fungi and orchid diversity using qPCR base pair substitution analysis.
- Detection and characterisation of orchid viruses in industry and nature.
- Varietal evaluation of commercially available Momordica cochinchinensis (Lour.) Spreng. from Northern and Southern Vietnam.
- Effect of tree growth stages and extraction methods on olive (Olea europaea) leaf extracts.
- Changes in gene expression for orchid flower colour.
- Quantification of beneficial bacteria in biosolids using qPCR.
- Cellular apoptotic and stress inflammation pathways involved in skin cancer (carcinoma and melanoma).
- Neuronal nitrergic transcription and expression arising from cardiovascular diseases.
- Antioxidant, anticancer, antimicrobial and anti-inflammation properties of medicinal plants.
Honours projects in 2018 with scholarship
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When: Friday 24 Nov 2017 @11.30 am
Where: City campus 145.6.15 and broadcast via Google Hangouts
- Cell and Tissue Culture (BIOL2264)
- Cell Structure and Function (BIOL2333)
- Earth’s Life Support Systems (ENVI1142)
- Environmental Science Project (ENVI1144)
- Functional Genomics and Proteomics (BIOL2267)
- Plant Diversity (BIOL2344)
- Scientific Skills and Communication (ONPS2334, ONPS2375)
- Scientific Skills and Tools (BIOL2310)
- Bachelor of Applied Sciences (Biology Biotechnology) Hons, RMIT University, Australia.
- Doctorate of Philosophy (Institute of Land and Food Resources), The University of Melbourne, Australia.
- Postdoctorate (Jodrell and Micropropagation Laboratory) Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew England.
- Postdoctorate (Department of Structural and Functional Biology) University of Naples, Italy.
- Postdoctorate (Cancer and Tissue Repair Research), RMIT University, Australia.
- Postdoctorate (Neuropharmacology and Neuroinflammatory Research), RMIT University, Austalia.
- Invited expert motivational speaker for CSIRO ON Accelerate Program. Cockatoo Island, NSW. 17-18 October 2017.
- Invited keynote speaker for disadvantaged and underprivilaged students in STEM with Monash University and University of Melbourne. 27 September 2017.
- Panel expert for Cultural Diversity in the Professions (Leadership Council on Cultural Diversity) joined by Mr John W.H. Denton AO (Partner and CEO, Corrs Chambers Westgarth); Mr Tony Johnson (CEO, EY Oceania); Mr Luke Sayers (CEO, PwC Australia) and Dr Ranjana Srivastava OAM (Oncologist and author). 10 August 2017.
- Professional mentor for Dual Identity Leadership Programs. 3 August 2017.
- Motivational speaker for the Department of Defence, Science and Technology Group for gender equality in STEM. Port Melbourne. 1 August 2017.
- Research advisor for the Garcinia humilis industry with Achacha farms. 2016.
- Scientific mentor for Asian women researchers and academics in Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia (2009-present).
- Coordinator and supervisor for work integrated learning linking high achieving students with industry (Wains Orchids).
- Invited science speaker and workshop coordinator at Deer Park North Primary School to inspire young children and their future careers in environmental and plant sciences.
- Environmental and conservation advisor for Australian Native Orchid Society (Victoria), Parks Victoria, Department for Environment, Land, Water and Planning, Royal Botanical Gardens and the Country Fire Authority since 2002.
- GenderGapInScience (2017). Report on the regional workshop at NTNU Taiwan. 9 Nov 2017.
- CSIRO (2017) The ON Tribe Forum 2017 (YouTube). 2 November 2017.
- Brittliff R. (2017). Meet Dr Tien Huynh – Nature lover, university lecturer and STEM Superstar! 6 November 2017.
- ABC (2017). If you see it, you can be it. 11-12 October 2017.
- Australian Human Rights Commission (2017). Professional voices on cultural diversity (view video). 20 September 2017.
- Leadership council on cultural diversity: Senior leaders advocating for cultural diversity in leadership (2017). August 2017.
- Gewin V. (2017). A Vietnamese emigrant explores the health benefits of Asian plants. Nature 548: 615. doi:10.1038/nj7669-615a
- Australian Human Rights Commission (2017). Business leaders unite on cultural diversity. 11 August 2017.
- Gandhi H. (2017). From Vietnam war refugee to STEM superstar. Lab+Life Scientist 7 August 2017.
- Ho T. (2017). Second Generation (105): The scientist Tien Huynh and her amazing discovery of Red-Gac Plant. SBS Radio 27 July 2017.
- Waters L. (2017). Award-winning cancer scientist credits refugee story for her success. SBS World News 12 July 2017.
- Campus Morning Mail (2017). Super science women named. 4 July 2017.
- Giggacher J. (2017). From refugee to research to STEM superstar. RMIT News 3 July 2017.
- Science Technology Australia (2017). Meet our superstars. 3 July 2017.
- Whiting J and Huynh T. (2015). Protecting our biodiversity: orchids, fire and fungi (PDF). Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility Newsletter 29:1.
- Whiting J and Huynh T. (2014). Making red gac suitable for cultivation (PDF). Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility Profile 2014: 2.6
- Victoria Naturally. (2011). Flower power – all you need is a little love (cached). 43:Dec.
- Murphy et al., (2008). National recovery plan for the Sunshine Diuris (PDF). Department of Sustainability and Environment.
- Department of Sustainability and Environment (2006). Back from the brink: saving Victoria's threatened orchids (PDF).
- Wimalasiri, D.,Piva, T.,Urban, S.,Huynh, T. (2016). Morphological and genetic diversity of Momordica cochinchinenesis (Cucurbitaceae) in Vietnam and Thailand In: Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution: an international journal, 63, 19 - 33
- Fong, S.,Piva, T.,Dekiwadia, C.,Urban, S.,Huynh, T. (2016). Comparison of cytotoxicity between extracts of Clinacanthus nutans (Burm. F.) Lindau leaves from different locations and the induction of apoptosis by the crude methanol leaf extract in D24 human melanoma cells In: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 16, 1 - 12
- Wimalasiri, D.,Piva, T.,Huynh, T. (2016). Diversity in nutrition and bioactivity of Momordica cochinchinensis In: International Journal on Advanced Science, Engineering and Information Technology, 6, 378 - 380
- Fong, S.,Piva, T.,Urban, S.,Huynh, T. (2014). Genetic homogeneity of vegetatively propagated Clinacanthus nutans (Acanthaceae) In: Journal of Medicinal Plants Research, 8, 903 - 914
- Huynh, T.,Chan, K.,Piva, T. (2009). Effect of ultraviolet radiation on the expression of pp38MAPK and furin in human keratinocyte-derived cell lines In: Photodermatology Photoimmunology and Photomedicine, 25, 20 - 29
- Huynh, T.,Thompson, R.,Mclean, C.,Lawrie, A. (2009). Functional and genetic diversity of mycorrhizal fungi from single plants of Caladenia formosa In: Annals of Botany, 104, 747 - 765
- Wright, M.,Cross, R.,Dixon, K.,Huynh, T.,Lawrie, A.,Nesbitt, L.,Pritchard, A.,Swarts, N.,Thompson, R. (2009). Propagation and reintroduction of Caladenia In: Australian Journal of Botany, 57, 373 - 387
- Is fire a friend or foe to our native Victorian orchids?. Funded by: Helen Macpherson Smith Grant pre-2014 from (2009 to 2011)
- Fire-induced morphological and functional differences in orchid mycorrhizal fungi. Funded by: Australian Orchid Foundation Educational Projects from (2008 to 2009)
2 PhD Completions and 1 Masters by Research Completions2 PhD Current Supervisions