Undergraduate Research Program

Derek Chen

Chen, Derek
Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology
Mentor: Jeanette Yang, Surgery

Contact: dchen8@uw.edu

Current research project: Diverticulitis Evaluation of Patient Burden, Utilization, and Trajectory




Translate your work so that we can all understand its importance
Diverticulitis treatment, specifically, the optimal timing for elective (non-emergency) colectomy surgery to treat diverticulitis is currently unclear. This clinical research aims to improve the understanding of when physicians and patients decide to have surgery for diverticulitis.


What is the most exciting and/or rewarding aspect of your undergraduate research experience?
The most rewarding aspect of my undergraduate research experience is interacting with patients and chatting with them about their health care experiences.


What advice would you give a student who is considering getting involved in undergraduate research?
It’s never too late to get involved with research! The campus is large, and there are many opportunities of research here at the UW. If you know you’re interested in something, there’s most likely a lab out there researching that question!