Dr. Thuy Phuong Le
Hometown: Biloxi, MS
Transfer Student from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
BA in Biochemistry; minors in Biological Science and Society & Health (2017)
As an undergraduate biochemistry major at UM, Dr. Le conducted biomedical research with the UM Medical Center (UMMC) Cancer Institute as a summer scholar. Beyond the internship, she studied drug therapies and their effects on triple negative breast cancer in the UM research laboratories of Yu-Dong Zhou, research associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry, and Dale Nagle, professor of bimolecular sciences.
“The Frate Fellowship in Bioethics and Medical Humanities offered by the UMMC, UM Department of Philosophy and Religion, and Honors College challenged me in ways I never imagined. We discussed food insecurities, social determinants of health, organ transplantation, and dialysis. The controversial topics pushed me out of my comfort zone, and the fellowship taught me the importance of difficult ethical discussions and the emphasis of the humanities in medicine.”
After graduation from UM, Dr. Le attended the University of Mississippi School of Medicine where she earned her MD in 2022.