Headshot photo of Thuy Ngo, Ph.D.

Thuy Ngo, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor of Molecular and Medical Genetics, School of Medicine
  • Member, CEDAR, OHSU Knight Cancer Institute, School of Medicine
  • Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences, School of Medicine


Dr. Thuy Ngo is interested in taking interdisciplinary approaches to develop novel methods for identifying biomarkers of cancer, detecting and elucidating developmental pathway of cancer and other medical diseases and conditions. The clinical and biological systems of interest include circulating cell-free DNA, RNA, extracellular vesicles, microbiome, tumor cells, tumor associated cells and tumor microenvironment. Her main tools are quantitative imaging, next generation sequencing, bioinformatics and molecular and cellular biology.

Ngo received her Ph.D. in biophysics and computational biology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2014 under the guidance of Dr. Taekjip Ha and her postdoc with Dr. Stephen Quake at Stanford University.

Education and training

    • Ph.D., 2014, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Honors and awards

  • 2003 - National Mathematics Olympiad (Second Place) for College Student, Vietnam
  • 2006 - Honda YES Award, Honda Foundation, Japan
  • 2007 - Huygens Scholarship, The Dutch Minister of Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands
  • 2009 - Best Poster Award (Second Place), Sumner School on Modern Developments in Spectroscopy, Noordwijk, The Netherlands
  • 2009 - Gregorio Weber Scholarship in Biophysics, University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA
  • 2014 - Best Talk Award (First Place), Biophysics and Computational Biology Symposium, University of Illinois
  • 2014 - Best Poster Award (First Place), Midwest Chromatin and Epigenetics Meeting, Madison, Wisconsin
  • 2015 - Highlighted research article in Cell
  • 2017 - Cover Article for the journal Clinical Chemistry
  • 2018 - Cell-free RNA work featured in NYTimes, CNN, BBC, TIME Magazine, ABC News, The Guardian, US News, National Geographic and Daily Mail
  • 2018 - Cancer Research UK/OHSU Project Award
  • 2019 - Top 10 Breakthrough Technologies 2019 by MIT Technology Review for the cfRNA work



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