Danh D. Truong

Biomedical Engineering PhD

I am an Instructor at UT MD Anderson Cancer Center. I study mesenchymal tissue differentiation as a model for understanding the plasticity of soft tissue sarcomas and bone sarcomas. My research interests are cancer biology, phenotypic plasticity, and machine learning. My favorite book series is the The Expanse but I also love The Lord of the Rings and The Legend of Drizzt series.


2023-Present MD Anderson Instructor (Sarcoma Medical Oncology)

2019-2023 MD Anderson Post Doctoral Fellow (Sarcoma Medical Oncology)

2014-2018 Arizona State University Graduate Research Associate (School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering)

2012-2014 University of Texas at Arlington Undergraduate Research Assistant (Department of Bioengineering)


2014-18 Arizona State University Biomedical Engineering PhD (advisor: Mehdi Nikkhah). My thesis was titled Microfluidic Models of Tumor-Stroma Interactions to Study the Interplay of Cancer Cells with their Surrounding Microenvironment and is available through the ASU Library | Digital Repository.

2012-14 University of Texas at Arlington & University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center MSc Biomedical Engineering

2009-14 University of Texas at Arlington BSc Biology

Awards and Honors

2023 Daniel Benedict Gazan Fellowship in Sarcoma Research MD Anderson Cancer Center

2023 Research Grant Sarcoma Foundation of America

2023 SARC Career Development Award SARC

2023 Scholar-in-Training Award AACR

2021 Daniel Benedict Gazan Award in Sarcoma Research MD Anderson Cancer Center

2018 Graduate Student Speaker Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering Convocation

2018 Completion Fellowship ASU Graduate College

2018 Graduate College Fellowship ASU Graduate College

2017-2019 ARCS Burton Scholar Phoenix Chapter of Achievement Rewards for College Scientists Foundation

2016-2018 IFER Graduate Fellowship International Foundation for Ethical Research

2014-2018 Dean’s Fellow ASU Dean’s Fellowship

Selected Publications

. The androgen receptor is a therapeutic target in desmoplastic small round cell sarcoma. In Nature Communications, 2022.
. A three-dimensional (3D) organotypic microfluidic model for glioma stem cells–Vascular interactions. In Biomaterials, 2019.
. Microfluidic tumor–vascular model to study breast cancer cell invasion and intravasation. In Advanced healthcare materials, 2018.
. A Breast cancer cell invasion into a three dimensional tumor-stroma microenvironment. In Scientific Reports, 2016.

Other Activities

Bioinformatics Café This repository contains the Bioinformatics Café series 2022 developed by postdocs a MD Anderson. The series is a great opportunity to build the skills needed to succeed in bioinformatics from the ground up. The workshops will be taught by postdocs with years of experience programming.
Get-started-with-R-for-Biologists This repository contains resources on getting started with R for biologists. R is a language and environment for statistical computing and graphics. It is widely used for a variety of statistical analysis (i.e., linear and nonlinear modeling, classical statistical tests, clustering, etc.). R is freely available and has a large collection of developed packages of different tools.
11th Annual Postdoctoral Science Symposium The Annual Postdoctoral Science Symposium provides a platform for postdoctoral fellows in the Texas Medical Center to present their current research in the areas of basic and translational research and features presentations and hosts interactive sessions facilitated by experts in a variety of fields.
Project SHORT Comprised of volunteer professional health and graduate students, residents, faculty, and post-docs, Project SHORT (Students for Higher-Ed Opportunities and Representation in Training) is the first organization to offer pro-bono mentoring for both professional health and graduate school admissions.
2021 Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium The Annual Postdoctoral Career Symposium (APCS) is designed and run by postdocs to help postdocs and those finishing grad school to seek out the career options that appeal to them most, and in some cases open up doors that we might not have known existed.

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