Dr. Lynda Truong

Lynda Truong recently completed her Ph.D. in Biomedical Science at the University of Oxford in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As a fellow in the NIH Oxford-Cambridge program, she managed an international research collaboration spanning organic chemistry, structural biology, and fluorescence biophysics to develop novel chemical tools for bioimaging. Prior to her graduate studies, Lynda graduated summa cum laude from The University of Alabama with a B.S. in Chemistry and minors in Mathematics and Computer Science. Her undergraduate research focused on DNA modifications, and she spent a summer at the University of California, Berkeley studying RNA modifications as an Amgen Scholar. She was awarded the Goldwater scholarship for her undergraduate work. In addition to her scientific research, Lynda has been engaged in several external committees. As co-chair of the NIH Science Policy group, she supervises a group of 40 scientific trainees in exploring a variety of science policy topics, regularly organizing discussions that feature senior policymakers from federal, nonprofit, and private institutions. She has also written essays for the group’s science policy blog, covering topics such as biodiversity and pandemic response. Lynda is interested in the intersection of science and public policy, especially as it relates to biodefense, and plans to pursue a career in public service following her scientific training.