Khanh (Kendrick) Nguyen

Graduate Student Reseacher
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PSBN 4650C
CNSI 2416A



Kendrick is coadvised by Prof. Michelle O'Malley (ChE) and Prof. Songi Han (DCB). His project gives him a strong background in molecular cloning for site-directed mutagenesis, protein expression using E. coli and S. cerevisiae, membrane protein purification with the use of detergent micelles and relevant chromatography techniques (IMAC, affinity, and size exclusion), biophysical techniques such as EPR (including quantitative EPR and power saturation) and DEER, as well as basic knowledge into computational techniques such as MATLAB, PyMOL, Mathematica, etc. for data processing. He also has strong interests in medicine, drug discovery, pharmacology, and neurology.


  • 2014 - 2016: B.S., Medicinal Chemistry, University of New Orleans, 3.94/4.0 (Advisor: Prof. Mark Trudell)
  • 2016 - present: Graduate Student Researcher, Biophysical Chemistry, University of California - Santa Barbara (Advisor: Prof. Songi Han)



  • 7/2014: Privateer Transfer Scholarship, University of New Orleans
  • 4/2015: Undergraduate Award in Inorganic Chemistry, University of New Orleans
  • 4/2016: Undergraduate Senior Award, University of New Orlean
  • 4/2016: Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society
  • 4/2016: Jim & Sonia Miller Scholarship, University of New Orleans
  • 9/2017: Phi Lambda Upsilon Honor Society



Kendrick's main focus involves biophysical characterization of GPCRs using EPR/DEER, particularly to study the oligomerization of human adenosine A2a receptor and the associated functional consequences. Currently, he is working on (1) characterizing a library of cysteine-free constructs of A2a and (2) investigating the importance of the C-terminus of A2a to its oligomerization.