Enabling Effective Mentorship - ASBMB TODAY Interviews Dr. Christine Pfund

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ASBMB Today asks, "What makes mentorship successful? That’s what Christine Pfund studies at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. Pfund is interested in understanding, developing and implementing effective mentor training in science, engineering and medicine.

'We’re putting our precious trainees in the hands of folks who are well-intentioned but have had no professional development in the arena (of mentoring). It leaves a lot to chance,' she says. 'No matter how well-intended someone is and no matter how good they are, there is always room to improve.'

After earning a Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology, Pfund did a postdoctoral stint in the early 2000s in the department of plant pathology. She then switched her focus to improving classroom teaching and research mentoring.

These days, Pfund is one of the principal investigators of the National Research Mentoring Network that was established recently by the National Institutes of Health. She is also director of the new Center for the Improvement of Mentored Experience in Research.

Rajendrani Mukhopadhyay, the chief science correspondent for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, spoke with Pfund to find out more about her research in effective mentoring practices. The interview has been edited for length and clarity."

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