Scientia Fellows Interview: Dinh-Toi Chu

Researchers from a wide variety of research fields and all over the world have joined the Scientia Fellows postdoctoral programme. Dinh-Toi Chu is one of them. 

Dinh-Toi Chu standing in front of a window.

Dinh-Toi Chu. Photo: Øystein Horgmo, UiO

– What is your background?

I am from Bavi, outside Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam.

My background is in biomedical science. I have a degree in veterinary medicine (Vietnam, 2006), a master in biological science (South Korea, 2011), and a PhD in medical science (Poland, 2015).

– What triggered you to become a researcher?

After finishing my veterinary medicine degree, I worked as a lecturer at the Faculty of Biology, Hanoi National University of Education. I researched and taught immunology, cell biology and animal pathology.

This improved my teaching and laboratory skills, making it easier to become a researcher. I believe that being a researcher in biomedicine helps me contribute something to the world, when we have to deal with health problems such as cancer, obesity, zika fever etc.

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– Why did you choose to apply for a Scientia Fellows postdoc position?

As many young researchers, I knew that the European Union Marie Curie Postdoctoral Fellowships were some of the best for starting an independent research career.

I read about the fellowship and found Scientia Fellows. Also, I knew of professor Kjetil Taskén, a well-known scientist working on cAMP signalling pathways. He planned to host a Scientia Fellow postdoc working on lipid metabolism and obesity, which was exactly what I wanted to do.

I also wanted to experience working and living in Norway, one of the best places in the word.

– How can a Scientia Fellows postdoc position promote you future career?

I believe that this Scientia Fellows postdoc position will contribute significantly to my future career. My scientific network will be expanded, and my knowledge and skills will be improved.

There are also several other advantages of this postdoctoral programme, such as the career and leadership course.

Altogether, I believe the Scientia Fellows experience will help me realize my long term goal of becoming principal investigator.

– To whom would you recommend a Scientia Fellows postdoc position?

I would strongly recommend the Scientia Fellows programme to researchers with a solid background in biomedical science, from all over the world, who wants to have excellent research conditions.

Published Mar. 11, 2016 11:25 AM - Last modified Sep. 30, 2021 10:18 AM