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Associate Professor, Deputy Head of School Biomedical Engineering, UTS. Australia, University of Technology Sydney

Nham is both an educator and cancer researcher with an expertise in both small RNA biology and diagnostic technologies. His career has been dedicated to developing tools for clinical diagnosis. Nham received his PhD from Johnson and Johnson and UNSW working on small RNA molecules with a focus on commercial applications.

During his postdoctoral training, he led a team which published the first study to characterise microRNAs in head and neck cancers. From this seminal study, he pioneered the idea of using these microRNAs as biomarkers for the early detection of Head and Neck Cancers. Nham was also the first to understand the role of these molecules in salivary gland tumours and have several patents in this area. At the moment, he is leading a team of researchers focusing on the RNA aspects of oral cancers.

As an educator and the Deputy Head of School, he teach molecular diagnostics to engineering students, runs qPCR workshop and looks after all the students in the biomedical engineering major at UTS.

In his spare time, Nham likes to go rock climbing in the blue Mountains with his family, explore the world, write cool science papers and build PCR machines.


  • 2020–present
    Associate professor, University of Technology Sydney
  • 2018–present
    Program Director for the Biomedical Engieering Program , University of Technology Sydney
  • 2017–present
    Deputy Head of School, Teaching and Learning, School of Biomedical Engineering , University of Technology Sydney


  • 2006 
    University of New South Wales, PhD
  • 1999 
    University of Sydney, BSc