Dentistry prof a champion mentor
Luisa DiPietro: “Having the advice and counsel of someone who may have another perspective, or who may have even faced a similar situation themselves, is invaluable.”
Photo: Roberta Dupuis-Devlin
The door to Luisa DiPietro’s office is always open to students.
DiPietro, professor of periodontics in the College of Dentistry, received the Faculty Mentor Award from the American Association of Dental Research National Student Research Group.
She was honored March 17 at the organization’s annual meeting in San Diego.
DiPietro — who has both a DDS and Ph.D. — is director of UIC’s Center for Wound Repair and Regeneration. She studies how wounds heal, with the ultimate goal of developing therapies that will allow humans to regenerate scar-free tissue after an injury.
Although she is a renowned researcher and educator, DiPietro said mentoring is for everyone, not just students.
“We all need mentoring, including myself,” DiPietro said.
“Both students and faculty can benefit by having trusted mentors as they face challenges in their career paths. Having the advice and counsel of someone who may have another perspective, or who may have even faced a similar situation themselves, is invaluable.
“Current mentoring models suggest that we all benefit from having multiple mentors with different skill sets and experiences. This allows an individual to tap into the right guidance for almost any situation.”
One of the things DiPietro loves about her job is interacting with the students and getting to know them personally.
“As a clinician-scientist, I am honored to support the development of these brilliant young people, most of whom will accomplish much more than me,” she said.
“Even though I have a busy schedule, I try to make myself available to help students whenever they need it.”