Prior to joining USC, Dr Nguyen was working with the World Fish Centre (as part of a team) to develop genetically improved varieties of fish and crustaceans in order to lift food productivity in developing nations. This work is now seen as a model of how international investment in genetics can literally "feed millions" (International Food Policy Research Institute, 2008).
At USC, Nguyen's goals are to bring this international experience to help commercialise and extend Australian genetic breeding programs for species of national interest such as prawn, kingfish and lobsters and to use the new knowledge of genomics and gene expression to improve the efficiency of classical genetic programs.
Nguyen's long term goal is to enhance international breeding programs in partner countries using the new knowledge from molecular genetics, genomics, gene expression and biology networks. Nguyen has been supervising a number of PhD and MSc students to successful completion and assisting genetics students to conduct genetic improvement programs for a range of farmed aquaculture species.
He is a member of the Editorial Board of Asian Fisheries Science Journal and having an international working network with numerous national research institutions in the region. Nguyen looks forward to opportunities to collaborate with colleagues and partner countries to promote sustainable development of the agriculture sector.
ARC research hub for commercial development of rock lobster culture systems led by University of Tasmania (project number IH120100032, 2014 – 2019). Joint PI for the broodstock genetics component with A/Prof Wayne Knibb at USC
- Kingfish genetics: Population genetics and genetic planning (76,900$ funded by Seafood CRC competitive project and FRDC). Joint PI with A/Prof Wayne Knibb at USC
- Developing technologies for giant grouper (Epinephelus lanceolatus) aquaculture in Vietnam, the Philippines and Australia. Co-PI for the genetic component. ACIAR Project No. FIS/2012/101 led by Prof Abigail Elizur