Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.

Sudeshna Roy

Chief Executive
About Sudeshna

Sudeshna is the fundraiser, cheerleader, and the chief executive officer of The Roy Laboratory. She thinks and dreams about making new discoveries and often in the company of caffeine and Spotify! She enjoys spending time and mentoring her students. Outside the lab, she enjoys hiking, exploring new places, savoring new cuisines, and listening to music.

Graduate Students

If you want to shine like a sun, first burn like a sun.

Sweta Adhikari

1st year
University of Mississippi
B.S. Chemistry, 2017
About Sweta

Sweta comes from the roof of the world, Nepal, where the Mt. Everest resides. After high school, Sweta ventured all the way to the US where she went to the University of Mississippi. While there, she worked in an organic synthesis lab under Dr. Davita Watkins on the modification of an HDAC inhibitor to increase in its therapeutic potential. Outside the lab, Sweta enjoys singing R&B, eating out, and traveling new places.

Undergraduate Students

Work for a cause, not for applause. Live life to express, not to impress. Don't strive to make your presence noticed, just make your absence felt.

Vu Bui

University of Mississippi
B.S. Biology, 2019
About Vu

This quote is Vu Bui’s life mantra. Since his birth at Biloxi, Mississippi, he strives to follow this phrase and he strives to accomplish his goals/dream. His life goal is to complete medical school and become a medical doctor in the field of pediatrics.  Another goal of his is to travel and do as much good in the world as he can.


After graduating from Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, Vu went to study at The University of Mississippi. Currently, he is a 3rd-year undergraduate majoring in B.S. Biology. During his years at Ole Miss, he volunteered at Baptist Hospital, became an Emergency Medical First Responder, and worked as part of the E-board of the Vietnamese Student Association. His time with these associations made him into a leader and cemented his dream of becoming a medical doctor.


In his spare time, Vu enjoys singing, dancing and hanging out with his friends.  He would occasionally go back home to Florida and go relax at the beaches with his family.

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. - Abraham Lincoln

Hannah Chasteen

University of Mississippi
About Hannah
Hannah Chasteen was raised in 3 different states—Missouri, Kentucky, and Tennessee. However, no matter where she lived, she was raised to be an Ole Miss Rebel! Hannah graduated from Chester County High School, in Henderson, Tennessee and is now in her third year as a Forensic Chemistry Major here at the University of Mississippi. While a student, she has been a mentor to Oxford school children and is an active member of Rebels for Christ. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, golfing, playing with her dog, attending Ole Miss sporting events, and hanging out with friends.

Seek to be worth knowing rather than to be well known.

Lily Nguyen

University of Mississippi
B.S. Biology, 2020
About Lily
Born in Biloxi, Mississippi to immigrant parents, Lily has strived to do her best in all possible ways. By pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology, she hopes to one day graduate from medical school and become a radiologist while traveling and exploring as much of the world as she can. She is passionate about biology and social justice and has a deep love for animals and the earth. In her spare time, she likes to read, spend time with her family, and watch movies.

Lily is also active in the Vietnamese Student Association in her role as secretary as well as the American Medical Student Association. She is eager and excited to be working the Roy Laboratory and hopes to gain much knowledge during the duration of her research.

Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.

Tam Nguyen

Senior/IT Student
University of Mississippi
B.S. Computer Science, 2018
About Tam
“Born in Hanoi, Vietnam and currently residing in Oxford, Mississippi, I am a Computer Science and Management Information Systems double major. I have a great passion for programming. My undergraduate studies have focused on data science, machine learning, and full-stack web development. In addition to being a dedicated programmer, I am also a competitve basketball player, frequent traveler, and cultural explorer.”


Check out Tam’s Personal Website!