Hieu grew up in San Jose, CA, and earned his undergraduate degrees in Molecular Cell Biology, Phsyiology, and Biology Education with honors (minoring in Chemistry and Microbiology) from California State University, Long Beach. Prior to starting at Stanford, Hieu worked with Andrew Mason at CSULB studying mechanisms of metal homeostasis and metabolism. He also worked with Simon Malcomber at CSULB studying plant systematic and evolutionary developmental genetics in the grass family. Since arriving at Stanford, he has immersed himself in the use of cutting-edge molecular tools (optogenetics, viral gene delivery, transgenics) to probe neural circuits. In the de Lecea lab, he focuses on the role of Hypocretin and Noradrenergic neurons in sleep/wake transitions and arousal-related behaviors. He has also worked on the role of Hypocretin and its effects on Stress as well as experiments in intersubjectivity behavioral studies. Hieu also enjoys coaching high school volleybal and playing the drums. In his spare time, Hieu likes to cook, play video games, and hanging out. In the future, Hieu hopes to start medical school and become an influential pediatrician.
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