Bradford Nguyen was born and raised in Sacramento, California. Currently a fourth year undergraduate, he is a B.S. candidate in Biology. Nguyen has formerly been involved in the Palumbi Lab at the Hopkin’s Marine Station in Monterey Bay, and is currently conducting research at the Watt Lab at Stanford University. His research encompasses a mechanistic study of animal evolution via genetic analysis of the glycolitic pathway in Colias butterflies.
Interested in mental health, Nguyen is a Bridge peer counselor at Stanford University, of which he TAs a class for. His community involvement extends to being a counselor at the Sexual Health and Peer Resource Center, as well as volunteering time at the Pacific Free Clinic in San Jose. He is currently the Resident Advisor at one of Stanford’s residential houses known as Jerry. Aside from LGBT MERG, Nguyen’s involvement in the queer community includes his membership in Stanford Queer and Asian, as well as serving as a panelist for Safe and Open Spaces at Stanford. College has given Nguyen an opportunity to dabble in a variety of his other interests. He is actively involved in the Asian American community at Stanford and recently served as the Asian American Students’ Association (AASA) Co-Chair. Through his interest in business, Nguyen pledged the Pi Tau chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi and currently serves as the Vice President of Operations. Musically inclined, he involves himself in the Leland Stanford Junior University Marching Band (LSJUMB) to continue his experience with the alto saxophone, which ranges 12 years.
In 2008, Nguyen was honored with the Frank H. Buck foundation scholarship, the Gencorp scholarship, as well as the Aerojet scholarship. Nguyen hopes to continue to use the opportunities he has been given to one day pursue a degree in medicine as a Frank H. Buck Scholar. Until then he will continue to rock out on his saxophone with the LSJUMB, and enjoy the beautiful weather of the California bay area.