Genomics Core Facility, UVA Department of Biology
AnhThu serves as Director of the Genomics Core Facility in the Department of Biology at UVA. Her lab facilitates collaborative genomics research by providing instrumentation, support and training to students and research faculty.
Although she has dedicated her career to science, AnhThu has a long history engaging both national and community non-profit organizations through volunteer work and activism. Identifying pansexual and as a first-generation Asian American born to Vietnamese refugees, AnhThu is a passionate advocate for community building, and creating community-based safe spaces inclusive of all marginalized identities. She brings an intersectional social justice lens (particularly of race and gender) to all that she does, and is committed to seeing individuals gain social, political, and personal empowerment through advocacy and access to vital resources. She also serves on the Board of Woven Circle, Inc., a Richmond, VA nonprofit providing pastoral care, education, and assistance to survivors of gender-based violence.
A lifelong Virginia resident, AnhThu has called Powhatan, Northern Virginia, and Richmond all home. She currently lives in Staunton with her partner, Michelle Gagnon (co-owner of Gray Jay Provisions, in Harrisonburg, VA).