My name is Luyen Nguyen from St. Paul, Minnesota. I attended the University of Minnesota and then transferred to University of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), where I received my B.S. in biochemistry in December 2009. During most of my undergrad years, I worked as a technical aide at 3M where I mainly helped product development specialists test for the quality of products.
I joined the Department of Biochemistry’s Ph.D. program in fall 2010 and currently work in the Briggs lab. Our research focuses on histone modifications, specifically histone methylation. Histone methylation can serve as a docking site for other effector proteins that can influence gene expression. We are interested in studying the proteins that involves in the deposition and removal of this methyl mark such that it will shed light on how dysregulation of these proteins leads to various disease.