Dat Truong is a 5th year graduate student in the lab of Dr. Margaret Glasner where he studies enzyme evolution by using catalytically promiscuous enzymes as the model system. He won the second place of the oral presentation at the very first annual Biochemistry & Biophysics research symposium last month. He has been mentoring undergraduate student research in the lab. Dat served as Treasurer for the Biochemistry Graduate Association (BGA) in the past. Currently, he is an executive committee member serving as Marketing and Communication Coordinator for the Academy of Future Faculty (AFF) of TAMU’s Center for the Integration of Research, Teaching, and Learning (CIRTL), a program for graduate students and postdocs to obtain a nationally-recognized college teaching certificate. Dat is excited about teaching and won the BGA student teaching award in 2018. After graduation, Dat is planning to do a postdoc and eventually to teach Biochemistry at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI).