Ngoc got her B.S degree in Biochemistry with High Honors from the University of California, Riverside. Meanwhile, she was introduced to research when she started her ten-week internship at the Center for Plant Cell Biology of UCR. By utilizing tobacco infiltration and fluorescent microscopy, her project focused on the translocation mechanism of a novel protein from chloroplast to the nucleus in Arabidopsis thaliana. She then became an undergraduate research assistant at National Clonal Germplasm Repository for Citrus. During two years at the Repository, using techniques of high-throughput RNA isolation, DNA extraction, and qt-PCR, she helped to maintain citrus varieties by testing more than thousands of trees on the field to prevent the spread of citrus greening disease.