Faculty Profile

Dung Nguyen

Dung Nguyen

Assistant Professor of Mechanical Engineering

Email: nguyend16@spu.edu
Phone: 206-281-2399
Office: Otto Miller Hall 240

Education: BE, Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, 2007; ME, University of Malaya, 2010; PhD, Queensland University of Technology, 2015. At SPU since 2018.

Dung Nguyen received his BE in Mechanical Engineering with Honor Program from Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology in Vietnam. He completed his PhD in Mechanical Engineering (Cell Mechanics) at Queensland University of Technology in Australia. He was a Postdoctoral Scholar for three years at University of Notre Dame and Dartmouth College.

Dr. Nguyen’s research focuses on Cell Mechanics, Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM), and Finite Element Analysis. He is interested in studying how cells respond to different microenvironments, and how physical forces and changes in the mechanical properties of cells and tissues contribute to fundamental cell processes, and disease.

Besides his interests in teaching and research, Dr. Nguyen enjoys playing guitar, tennis, and hiking.

Please view Dr. Nguyen’s CV for more information. 

Selected Publications

  1. Catalina-Paula Spatarelu*, Hao Zhang*, Dung Trung Nguyen*, Xinyue Han, Ruchuan Liu, Qiaohang Guo, Jacob Notbohm, Jing Fan, Liyu Liu, Zi Chen, Biomechanics of Collective Cell Migration in Cancer Progression: Experimental and Computational Methods, ACS Biomaterials Science & Engineering, (2019) Accepted.
  2. Devon Mason, Joseph Collins, James Dawahare, Trung Dung Nguyen, Yang Lin, Sherry Voytik-Harbin, Pinar Zorlutuna, Mervin Yoder, and Joel Boerckel, Persistent Cell Motility Requires Transcriptional Feedback of Cytoskeletal – Focal Adhesion Equilibrium by YAP/TAZ, Journal of Cell Biology, (2019) jcb-201806065.
  3. Trung Dung Nguyen, Neerajha Nagarajan, Pinar Zorlutuna, Investigating the Effect of Substrate Stiffness on Mechanical Coupling and Contractile Force Propagation in Myocardial Cells, Biophysical Journal, 115 (2018) 1966–80.
  4. T.D. Nguyen, Y.T. Gu, Investigation of Cell-Substrate Adhesion Properties of Living Chondrocyte by Measuring Adhesive Shear Force and Detachment Using AFM and Inverse FEA, Scientific Reports, 6: 38059 (2016) 1–13.
  5. T.D. Nguyen, Y.T. Gu, Exploration of Mechanisms Underlying the Strain-Rate-Dependent Mechanical Property of Single Chondrocytes, Applied Physics Letters, 104, 183701 (2014) 1–5.