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Matthew Nguyen

Major: Biology: MCD

Mentor: Stephen Plymate, Medicine


Current research project: SGI’s Impact on Hexokinase 2 Function and Localization

Matthew is a junior majoring in Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology. His research revolves around molecular biology, as he works in the Plymate Lab where he assists in trying to find a novel therapy to castration-resistant prostate cancer. Outside of research, Matthew enjoys playing and watching sports, as well as spending time with his friends.

Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
My research revolves around castration-resistant prostate cancer, which currently has a low survival rate. Our work involves researching a possible novel therapy to this late stage of prostate cancer. We are currently investigating the metabolic pathways of these CRPC cells to try and devise a possible therapy for patients diagnosed with CRPC.

When, how, and why did you get involved in undergraduate research?
Near the end of my sophomore year, my desire to apply the material I learned in class to real world problems grew. Luckily for me, UW’s extensive research network provided me with the amazing opportunity to join the Plymate Lab, where I have been involved in prostate cancer research for the past 6 months. Getting involved with research has been the most rewarding experience so far in my undergraduate career, and I am extremely glad for URP and its many resources that allowed me to find an amazing opportunity to do so.

What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
Don’t be afraid to reach out to professors that are involved in research that intrigues you! Applying your learning beyond the classroom is an amazing experience, and with UW’s extensive research network, there is no shortage of research opportunities for people of all academic disciplines.