Dr Nana Pham

Dr Nana Pham

Postdoctoral Fellow

PhD (2022), University of New South Wales, Australia  

MSc (2018), Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea

BSc (2016), Astrakhan State Technical University, Astrakhan, Russia

Medicine & Health
School of Biomedical Sciences

Dr. Phuong (Nana) Pham is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Cardiometabolic Disease Research Group at UNSW Medicine and Health. She obtained her PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of New South Wales in 2022. She is interested in researching and developing innovative advanced biopharmaceuticals and nanomedicine for diagnosing and treating chronic diseases including cancer, chronic infection, and cardiovascular-metabolic diseases.

Level 4 East, Wallace Wurth Building School of Medical Sciences UNSW Australia 2052

The Award for Talented Young Scientists from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology (2023-2025)

  • 2022: The Award for Talented Young Scientists from the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology
  • 2018-2022: The Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (RTP) for study for a PhD in Chemical Engineering, UNSW, Australia
  • 2016-2018: The Outstanding Foreign Student Scholarship award to study for MSc degree in Pharmacy at Sungkyunkwan University, South Korea
  • 2011-2016: The Vietnamese Government Scholarship to study for a BSc degree in Biology in the Russian Federation; and Certificates of Merit from The Vietnamese Ambassador in the Russian Federation

Current research interests

Drug delivery | Theranostic nanomedicine |Nanoparticle synthesis and modification | Nanomedicine for cancer, cardiovascular and metabolic disease | Antimicrobial and wound healing biomaterials.


    • Phuong PTT, Lee S, Lee C, Seo B, Park S, Oh KT, et al. Beta-carotene-bound albumin nanoparticles modified with chlorin e6 for breast tumor ablation based on photodynamic therapy. Colloids and Surfaces B: Biointerfaces. 2018; 171:123-33. (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0927776518304636)
    • Pham, Phuong Thi Thu et al. Indocyanine Green and Curcumin Co-Loaded Nano-Fireball-Like Albumin Nanoparticles Based on Near-Infrared-Induced Hyperthermia for Tumor Ablation. Int J Nanomedicine. 2020; 15:6469-84.  (https://doi.org/10.2147/IJN.S262690)
    • Phuong, P. T.;  Oliver, S.;  He, J.;  Wong, E. H. H.;  Mathers, R. T.; Boyer, C., Effect of Hydrophobic Groups on Antimicrobial and Hemolytic Activity: Developing a Predictive Tool for Ternary Antimicrobial Polymers. Biomacromolecules 2020 (https://pubs.acs.org/doi/full/10.1021/acs.biomac.0c01320)
    • Pham, P.; Oliver, S.;  Wong, E. H. H.; Boyer, C., Effect of hydrophilic groups on the bioactivity of antimicrobial polymers. Polymer Chemistry 2021, 12 (39), 5689-5703 (DOI     https://doi.org/10.1039/D1PY01075A)
    • Pham, P.; Oliver, S.;, Duong T. Nguyen.; Boyer, C., Effect of Cationic Groups on the Selectivity of Ternary Antimicrobial Polymers. (Submitted to journal Macromolecular Rapid Communications)
    • Pham, P.; Oliver, S.; Boyer, C., Design of Antimicrobial Polymers. (Submitted to journal Macromolecular Chemistry and Physics).
    • Oliver S, Pham TTP, Li Y, Xu F-J, Boyer C. More than skin deep: using polymers to facilitate topical delivery of nitric oxide. Biomaterials Science. 2020 (Co-first author) (http://dx.doi.org/10.1039/D0BM01197E)
    • Schaefer, S., Pham, TTP., Brunke, S., Hube, B., Jung, K., Lenardon, M. D., & Boyer, C. (2021). Rational Design of an Antifungal Polyacrylamide Library with Reduced Host-Cell Toxicity. ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces, 13(23), 27430-27444. doi:10.1021/acsami.1c05020 (https://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acsami.1c05020)
    • Oliver, S.; Lei, L.;  Fan, K. W.;  Wang, C.;  Baena, J.-C.;  Pham, P.;  Lin, Q.;  Kabir, I. I.;  Wong, E. H. H.;  Yuen, A. C. Y.;  Boyer, C.; Yeoh, G. H., Wet or dry multifunctional coating prepared by visible light polymerisation with fire retardant, thermal protective, and antimicrobial properties. Cellulose 2021 (https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10570-021-04095-z)
    • Do, T.D.; Pham, U.T.; Nguyen, L.P.; Nguyen, T.M.; Bui, C.N.; Oliver, S.; Pham, P et al. Fabrication of a Low-Cost Microfluidic Device for High-Throughput Drug Testing on Static and Dynamic Cancer Spheroid Culture Models. Diagnostics 2023, 13, 1394 ( https://doi.org/10.3390/diagnostics13081394)