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Mai N

- Research Program Mentor

OD candidate at University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley)


Biochemistry, Math, Chemistry, Optics


My name is Mai Nguyen and I am an optometry doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley. I have also been working as an optician for more than 6 years. This experience has helped me to realize how optometrists could be gatekeepers of the overall health and well-being of their patients, and thus, I became even more inspired to pursue optometry as a career. I enjoy seeing my patients, especially those that are still going to school because it provides me with the opportunities to guide them. During my free time, I love to spend time with my family and my two fur-babies. I enjoy watching Chinese dramas, playing video games, and trying new food.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Bacterial keratitis in relation to bacterial resistance from contact lens solution: Can phage therapy help?

Explore the potential of phage therapy as an alternative treatment for keratitis in human, especially on patients diagnosed with contact lens related bacterial keratitis

The effect of music on our memory

To understand if students will remember significantly more words when listening to non-lyrics music while studying compared to listening to lyrics music and no music conditions

Languages I know

Vietnamese, native

Teaching experience

I worked closely one-on-one with tutees two hours a week. I helped and encouraged tutees to be independent study. I also applied different strategies to help tutees to be more creative in solving problems.


Work experience

Walnut Creek and Vallejo Optometry Group (2015 - Current)
Optician, Technician, Office Administrator
Diablo Valley College – Chemistry Department (2015 - 2018)
Lab Assistant
Diablo Valley College - EOPS/CARE Department (2015 - 2017)
Chemistry and Math tutor


California State University, San Francisco (CSU San Francisco)
BS Bachelor of Science (2021)
University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley)
OD Doctor of Optometry candidate

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