Nguyen Truong, Ph.D.

Nguyen Truong, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral fellow, Krawczyk Laboratory


Dr. Nguyen Truong earned her B.S. pharmacy from Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy in Vietnam, and her Ph.D. in physiology from Michigan State University. Her graduate work focused on cytokine biology, lipid metabolism and immunology, with a project studying pancreatic beta cell lipid metabolism and cellular function. Dr. Truong also has knowledge in metabolism, respirometry, immunoassays and other laboratory skills. After working in the academic field and in industry, she accepted a position as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Connie Krawczyk’s lab at Van Andel Institute in 2020.


Current research focus

Dr. Truong is investigating the impact of fructose consumption from sweetened beverages or dietary sugars to the immune function of intestinal dendritic cells.

Education & Training

Ph.D. in physiology from Michigan State University (Advisor: L.Karl Olson )
Thesis: The impact of interferon gamma on pancreatic beta cell lipid metabolism and function

B.S. in pharmacy, Hue University of Medicine and Pharmacy, Vietnam

Awards & External Funding

MSU Excellence in Teaching Citation (2019)

American Society of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) Graduate Travel Award (2019)

First prize, Ann Arbor Health Hackathon 2018 “Healthcare in Low Resource settings” (2018)

College of Natural Science Summer Dissertation Continuation Fellowship (2017, 2018)

Council of Graduate Students (COGS) conference award (2017)

MSU Graduate School travel fellowship (2017)

Vietnam Education Foundation (VEF) Fellowship (2014)


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Truong N, Lydic TA, Bazil JN, Suryadevara A, Olson LK. 2020. Regulation of lipid metabolism in pancreatic beta cells by interferon gamma: A link to anti-viral function. Cytokine 133:1043-4666,

Alshaarawy O, Kurjan E, Truong N, Olson LK. 2019. Diet‐induced obesity in cannabinoid‐2 receptor knockout mice and cannabinoid receptor 1/2 double‐knockout mice. Obesity 3:454–461.

Ferland DJ, Darios E, Neubig RR, Sjögren B, Truong N, Torres R, Dexheimer T, Thompson JM, Watts SW. 2017. Chemerin-induced arterial contraction is Gi- and calcium-dependent. Vascul Pharmacol 88: 30-41.

Truong N, Dung TH. 2012. Study on preparation of stable denaturated starch with amylase for use as functional food in mellitus diabetes. J Pharma Sci, 437(52):52–55.