PharmSci Spotlight: Victor Pham, PhD Candidate & NSF Fellow

Victor Pham

PhD Candidate & NSF Fellow
Zi Lab



Tell us about the research you are currently working on.

The recurrence of anti-androgen (AA) therapy prostate cancer (PCa) is a big problem in the clinic. There are many mechanisms that are involved in the development of AA-resistant PCa, one of which is the aberrant splicing of the Androgen Receptor (AR). My PI and I aim to understand that mechanism and to discover new potential ways to reverse this phenomenon.

Tell us your proudest accomplishment.

One of my biggest accomplishment was my initiation to bridge my lab with the Biotechnology program at Santa Ana College. This opens new opportunity for me and for community college students who are interested in scientific research.

What do you enjoy most about your work?

I genuinely enjoy working with my PI to develop the scientific skills I need to become successful. My aim is to develop into a strong research scientist, a teacher, and a dedicated mentor.

Is there anything else you’d like to share?

I grew up in a low-income family, totaling less than $15,000 a year. I am the only one in my family that pursued science as a career and the first to start graduate school.



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