Young scientist behind more than 50 internationally-published scientific articles
Born to a farming family in the Mekong Delta’s Tiền Giang Province, a young scientist was determined to pursue his passion for aquaculture.
Tuấn in his office where he wrote dozens of scientific articles published internationally. — Photo vietnamnet
Trần Ngọc Tuấn won the 2019 Golden Globe Awards for his research on fishery biotech.
The awards, which are given out annually by the Việt Nam Youth Union and Ministry of Science and Technology, aim to discover new talent and stimulate a passion for technology and science research among young people.
Tuấn was one of 10 young talents with outstanding research projects or solutions in the five areas of information technology and communications, medical-pharmaceutical technology, biological technology, environmental technology and new materials.
So far, Tuấn has authored 53 scientific articles published in international journals.
He graduated from high school in 1994 when intensive aquaculture was expanding in Cửu Long (Mekong) Delta region.
“I decided to study fishery pathology at Cần Thơ University because I thought I could easily find a job after graduating,” the 36-year-old scientist told online newspaper vietnamnet.vn.
“But the more I studied, the more I found the subject very interesting and suitable to my strengths,” said Tuấn.
After graduating, with his knowledge in aquaculture, Tuấn and some friends opened a shrimp farm in his hometown.
But a few years later, he quit the farm to continue his studies in aquaculture.
During his master’s degree, Tuấn met a Chinese professor in aquaculture studies who then became his tutor for a PhD at China’s Huazhong Agriculture University.
At present, Tuấn is doing a post-doctorate degree at Shantou University in Guangdong, China.
His current field of research is investigating the diversity of intestinal microbiology systems and interactions with immune systems of fish and other aquatic animals.
The intestine is one of main gateways for pathogens to enter the body.
Tuấn’s research has proved valuable in producing medicines for fish and aquatic animals.
“I had to read thousands of documents and articles relating to my field to find my own ideas,” Tuấn said.
“Once an idea came, I got started immediately. Because if you were late, someone else might be doing the same and post articles first,” he said.
He was always conscious of working hard.
He actively participated in scientific conferences and seminars to meet researchers in the same field and learn of new trends.
“Scientific researchers are like mountain climbers who always move forward,” Tuấn said.
“Actually, I was satisfied with my current scientific achievement. But I really wanted the following research to be better than previous ones,” he said.
According to Tuấn, a scientist needs enthusiasm, creativity, co-operation and honesty.
“I always remember my professor saying that ‘if you decide, you should follow the goals to the end’. His words became the guidelines for my scientific pursuits,” he said.
Tuấn said that he was born in a farming family, so the concept of scientific research was strange for him when he was young.
“I just started to learn about scientific research. There were lecturers who inspired me to pursue the path,” Tuấn said.
“If I wasn’t a scientific researcher, I would have been a farmer,” he added. VNS