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CQUni alumnus awarded for embryology research

Published:11 February 2020

CQUniversity’s 2020 Alumnus of the Year – Early Career Achievement award winner Do Van Huong

Dr Do Van Huong has been awarded CQUniversity’s 2020 Alumnus of the Year – Early Career Achievement award for his contribution to research, education and innovative practical application of embryo transfer technologies.

CQUniversity’s CQUniversity’s Deputy Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations Anthea Cuddihy said Dr Van Huong’s award recognised the impact he is having on the beef industry in both Australia and Vietnam.

"His significant publication record during his studies means he was able to build on that foundation to have a demonstrable impact just a short time after graduating."

Dr Van Huong's research into the development of embryo transfer technologies in cattle has provided both the Australian and Vietnamese cattle industry with practical measures that improved breeding programs, including providing training to local veterinarians and technicians in Vietnam.

Mr Van Huong was humbled by the CQUniversity award.

It's great honour for me to receive the award. This is nice recognition from CQUniversity for my scientific work of considerable efforts, and for the excellent supervisions received from my supervisors.”

Following the completion of his undergraduate degree, Dr Van Huong worked as an embryologist for the National Institute of Animal Sciences in the key laboratory of animal cell technology in Vietnam. 

He won a Vietnamese Government Ministry of Education and Training scholarship to study a masters degree at the University of Queensland, and during his time was exposed to specialist techniques that he wanted to explore further, as he saw the potential to progress his field.

Dr Van Huong chose CQUniversity to complete his PhD studies. His close collaboration with industry partners and his proximity to world-leading partners in Central Queensland resulted in a significant number of papers being published in peer-reviewed journals, and enabled his ground-breaking practical improvements to be implemented, tested thoroughly, and translated into new techniques during his studies. 

Since completing his PhD studies in July 2018, Dr Van Huong has returned to Vietnam and is continuing his role with the National Institute of Animal Sciences, enabling him to contribute his ground-breaking knowledge to national policy development and research activity in Vietnam.

Additionally, he is currently working as Chief Science Officer for Genesis International Co Ltd – a collaboration between a Vietnamese state-owned-enterprise and a private enterprise that has invited Australian research collaborators to become involved. 

Dr Van Huong is leading the development of a bovine IVF laboratory and has a key responsibility to train young employees in the field of bovine embryology.