Ngoc got her PhD in Statistics, UC Berkeley in 2013. Currently she is a Simons Postdoctoral Fellow / Instructor at UT Austin Mathematics Department. Her interest lies in probabilistic and combinatorial questions arising from tropical geometry and neuroscience. Some of her recent works are on decoding grid cells, commuting tropical matrices, and zeros of random tropical polynomials. Starting June 2015 she will be a W-2 Professor at the University of Bonn, Germany. She will then be an Assistant Professor in the Department of Mathematics of UT Austin from the summer of 2016. Ngoc's webpage.