Nguyen received her doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of Arkansas and her Bachelor of Science in chemistry from Henderson State University. Under the supervision of Professor Nan Zheng, her doctoral research focused on developing efficient one-step syntheses of structurally diverse amino-substituted carbo-and hetero- cycles using visible light photocatalysis. After completing her doctorate, Nguyen joined Southern Research in September 2016 as a postdoctoral fellow. She is currently working in the area of antiviral drug discovery in the Antiviral Drug Discovery and Development Center (AD3C), one of the Centers of Excellence for Translation Research (CETR), funded through NIAID, NIH. She is responsible for providing synthetic chemistry efforts of various target compounds as potential therapeutics for the treatment of Venezuelan equine encephalitis virus (VEEV).