Vivian Tran is a PhD candidate in the Vascular Biology and Immunopharmacology group. Currently, her PhD research focuses on the role of perivascular adipose tissue (fat tissue surrounding blood vessels) in Metabolic Syndrome and how it may influence vascular function. She is interested in Metabolic Syndrome as it encapsulates a constellation of cardiovascular disease risk factors: obesity, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia. Although much is known about the role of fat in each of these individual diseases, the combined effects, are unknown.
Alongside her PhD, Vivian is an In2science mentor, student representative for the Australian New Zealand Microcirculation society and physiology demonstrator. She is passionate about education equality and STEM outreach among students from disadvantaged backgrounds and training undergraduate students to build and strengthen Australia's biomedical research sector.