Dianna H. Nguyen of Arlington was appointed to the Board in 2020, and her term expires on May 31, 2021. Regent Nguyen is pursuing a Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine degree and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from the University of North Texas Health Science Center.
A native of North Texas/DFW, Regent Nguyen graduated from The University Texas at Arlington with an Honors Bachelor of Science in Biology degree. As an undergraduate, she gained her first exposure to research in the Regenerative Neurobiology Lab, where she was involved in a DARPA-funded project focused on neuroregeneration after peripheral nerve transection and improving neural interfaces for prosthetic devices. Before starting her studies at UNTHSC, Regent Nguyen worked at UT Southwestern Medical Center in a research lab investigating alcohol-induced behaviors.
Regent Nguyen is currently in the PhD portion of her dual degree program. Her project involves elucidating mechanisms underlying sex differences seen in how the brain controls fluid balance in disease states such as heart and liver failure. She is an active leader on campus, serving in student government and on various committees, and throughout the community, participating in multiple professional and volunteer organizations including American Heart Association, American Osteopathic College of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, American Osteopathic Academy of Sports Medicine, Hand-in-Hand Share Mission, RISE Adaptive Sports, mentorship programs, and others.
Regent Nguyen’s professional aspiration is to become a physician-scientist particularly in the areas of rehabilitation research (e.g., neuroscience, cardiovascular, cancer, etc.). She plans to go into academic medicine where she can incorporate teaching and research into her future practice. Dianna hopes to continue her volunteer work and one day start a nonprofit organization to advocate for underserved patient populations.