Dr Thy Truong

PhD (Analytical and Environmental Chemistry)
Mass Spectrometry Officer

Dr Thy Truong completed her PhD (Analytical and Environmental Chemistry, 2001) at RMIT University focusing on lipid biomarkers to distinguish sources of faecal pollution in contaminated waters and sediments around popular tourist hotspots in the East Gippsland Lakes, Victoria. She also developed new optimised analytical techniques for analysing and quantifying lipid markers using multidimensional GCxGC with cryogenic trapping and GC-MS. She undertook a postdoctoral research associate position (substituting for a Senior Research Scientist as the head of the research project and the organic chemistry laboratory) at the Stroud Water Research Center in Pennsylvania investigating the use of molecular tracers for monitoring sources of contamination in streams and rivers associated with the New York City drinking water system (Safe Drinking Water Act grant funded by the U.S. EPA and the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation). In 2003 she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at RMIT University to derive a holistic approach to managing dairy processor waste streams before working as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Melbourne investigating the environmental inorganic chemistry of phosphorus and arsenic in aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems using flow injection analysis with membrane separation and spectrophotometric or chemiluminescence detection. She then decided to gain experience in commercial FDA/NATA accredited chemical testing laboratories as an analytical chemist at Cardinal Health (pharmaceuticals), and OMIC Australia (food). Her position at CSIRO Materials Science and Engineering (April 2008 - July 2010) as an Environmental Analytical Chemist and Deputy Laboratory Manager in the Environmental Analysis Group (EAG) reignited her interests in research and method development/validation in analytical chemistry, separation science and mass spectrometry, which in turn has led her to her appointment as RSB Mass Spectrometry Officer (February 2011 - present).