2019 Honors Convocation Keynote Speaker

Paul Tsang, Director, Hamel Center of Undergraduate Research and Professor, Molecular, Cellular, and Biomedical Sciences

Paul Tsang is a professor of molecular, cellular, and biomedical sciences in the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture (COLSA) and director of the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research at the University of New Hampshire.

A reproductive physiologist, Tsang earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in anatomy and physiology from the College of Arts and Sciences at Cornell University and a doctorate in biology-endocrinology from Boston University before completing post-doctoral work in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. His research involves the study of ovarian function in elasmobranch fishes such as skates and dogfish sharks, and in domestic ruminants such as cows and sheep. His more recent research uses the ovarian follicle and the transient ovarian gland called the corpus luteum as experimental models to study the regulation of new blood vessel formation as it relates to fertility and tumor growth.

Tsang joined the COLSA faculty at UNH in 1989 and continues to serve as a faculty member, teaching courses that range from general biology lab to endocrinology. He has thus far chaired and served as a committee member for 70 graduate students and served as a mentor for 89 undergraduate researchers. In 2011, he became the first faculty director of the Hamel Center for Undergraduate Research, which is also the administrative home of the university-wide Undergraduate Research Conference (URC). The undergraduate research program is currently in its 33rd year, while the URC is celebrating its 20th year in 2019.