Mrs Ha Duong
Research Associate

Mrs Ha Duong

  • Master of Biological Science (University of Western Australia, 2015)
  • Bachelor of Biotechnology (Vietnam National University, 2012)
Medicine & Health
School of Optometry and Vision Science

Ha is a dedicated researcher with a strong background in biological sciences and biotechnology. She joined UNSW School of Optometry & Vision Science as a Research Associate in August 2022.

Prior to her current position, Ha worked as a Program Officer at the Wildlife Conservation Society and as a Research Assistant at the Genetics Laboratory, Vietnam National University. She earned a Master's degree in Biological Science from the University of Western Australia under the prestigious Endeavour Scholarship, and a Bachelor's degree in Biotechnology from Vietnam National University. Through a combination of training, academic studies, and work experience, she has developed a robust set of laboratory skills and knowledge. This includes expertise in DNA and RNA extraction and sequencing, cell culture of different cell types, cellular assays, immunohistochemistry, and mass spectrometry.

Working alongside senior researchers at SOVS, Ha's work focuses on developing protocols for culturing primary human meibomian gland cells and using LC-MS/MS for identifying lipids produced by the meibomian gland in vitro. Concurrently, Ha is also pursuing a doctoral degree, investigating the effects of air pollutants on meibomian gland function and tear film lipid production.

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  • Journal articles | 2020
    Le MD; McCormack TEM; Hoang HV; Duong HT; Nguyen TQ; Ziegler T; Nguyen HD; Ngo HT, 2020, 'Threats from wildlife trade: The importance of genetic data in safeguarding the endangered Four-eyed Turtle (Sacalia quadriocellata)', Nature Conservation, 41, pp. 91 - 111,
    Journal articles | 2015
    Firman RC; Young FJ; Rowe DC; Duong HT; Gasparini C, 2015, 'Sexual rest and post-meiotic sperm ageing in house mice.', J Evol Biol, 28, pp. 1373 - 1382,
    Journal articles | 2015
    2015, 'Phylogeography of the Laotian Rock Rat (Diatomyidae:Laonastes): Implications for Lazarus Taxa', Mammal Study, 40, pp. 109 - 114,
    Journal articles | 2014
    Le M; Duong HT; Dinh LD; Nguyen TQ; Pritchard PCH; McCormack T, 2014, 'A phylogeny of softshell turtles (Testudines: Trionychidae) with reference to the taxonomic status of the critically endangered, giant softshell turtle, Rafetus swinhoei', Organisms Diversity & Evolution, 14, pp. 279 - 293,
    Journal articles | 2014
    2014, 'Discovery of the Roosevelt’s Barking Deer (Muntiacus rooseveltorum) in Vietnam', Conservation Genetics, 15, pp. 993 - 999,
    Journal articles | 2013
    2013, 'A new species of Hemiphyllodactylus (Reptilia: Gekkonidae) from northern Vietnam.', Zootaxa, 3736, pp. 89 - 98,
    Journal articles | 2013
    2013, 'Methods for extracting and sequencing DNA from low-quality samples to aid biodiversity research', TAP CHI SINH HOC, 35,
  • Conference Abstracts | 2023
    2023, 'PM2.5 diesel exhaust particles induce lipid production but reduce viability of immortalised meibomian gland epithelial cells', Gold Coast, Australia, presented at XXV Biennial Meeting of the International Society of Eye Research, Gold Coast, Australia, 19 February 2023 - 23 February 2023

  • Australian Government Research Training Scholarship, 2021-2024
  • UNSW Development and Research Training Grant, 2021
  • Australian Endeavour Postgraduate Scholarship, 2014-2015
  • Outstanding Student Award, Vietnam National University 2012
  • Undergraduate Research Intern Program, Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology 2011