Professor Dongbao Chen cherished his undergraduate research experience; it that helped him build a passion and career in biomedical research, and he enjoys helping students to a similar career trajectory. He welcomes self-motivated students who work with passion, integrity, and diligence to achieve their academic/research and career goals. Professor Chen enjoys the energy of undergraduate students. UROP is pleased to recognize Professor Chen for the passion he brings to mentoring undergraduate researchers in his lab.

1. How did you develop an interest in mentoring undergraduate research or creative projects, and what type of projects have you directed?

I recall as an undergrad in the early 1980ís I acquired interest in research working with teachers passionate about finding the unknowns; this experience makes working with undergrads and to motivate them into a biomedical career a favorite fun thing for me ever since I started my own research lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999. I direct students doing projects focusing on maternal and placental biology pertaining to pregnant womenís health.

2. What do you look for and what are your expectations of undergraduates you select to conduct research under your guidance?

I love working with focused students who are passionate about what they want to do. I expect students to be responsible, self-motivated, and to have high integrity.

3. Describe your level of engagement and style in mentoring undergraduates.

My door is open when I am in office and students are welcomed to drop in to discuss ideas and lab work and even consulting. At the beginning of each semester, a plan is developed to set the goals of each student, including training in research techniques, submitting a UROP proposal, literature review and presentation skills. Accepted students are paired with senior lab members, working on specific projects to generate publishable data so that they can get co-authored presentations and papers to enhance their resume for better preparation of Medical/Graduate school application.

4. In your experience, how have your students improved or benefited as a result of their undergraduate research experience?

Exposure to creative research and finding the unknowns by doing experiments helps students dig out their career interests. Over 80% of my past undergrad trainees have pursued a medical career.

5. What have you learned or benefited from guiding undergraduate research or creative projects?

Working with students motivates me and energizes me for what my work.

6. What recommendations and advice would you give students embarking on undergraduate research or creative projects?

Try to get involved because undergraduate research helps you dig out what you want to do and what type of person you want to be for the long run.

Research Interests: Cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying hormone and growth factor regulation of vasodilatation and angiogenesis at the maternal, fetal and placental interface with a focus on reactive hydrogen, nitrogen, and oxygen species

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Past Faculty Mentors of the Month

Nov. '17 Dongbao Chen
Oct. '17 Cascade Sorte
Sep. '17 An Hong Do
Aug. '17 Todd C. Holmes
Jul. '17 Adam Martiny
Jun. '17 Mark I. Langdorf
May. '17 Anthony J. Durkin
Apr. '17 Thomas Ahlering
Mar. '17 Dara H. Sorkin
Feb. '17 Andrej LuptŠk
Jan. '17 Michelle A. Fortier