Dr. Gopal Das

Translational Gift

Retired professor gives back to strengthen the future of healthcare in North Dakota. 

In October, Dr. Gopal Das established the Wadhwani Family Endowed Chair of Translational Research, which will enable the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences (SMHS) to recruit a nationally recognized leader interested in accelerating the development time needed to make novel discoveries in the laboratory available for the clinical care of patients.

Dr. Das, along with members of his family, met with the UND Alumni Association & Foundation in Las Vegas to formally establish and recognize the creation of the Wadhwani Family Endowed Chair. Dr. Das has generously made the gift commitment in his estate plans, and has agreed to supplemental annual funding, which provides sufficient funding for an immediate impact at the SMHS.

The Wadhwani Family Endowed Chair of Translational Research will help prepare the next generation of healthcare providers from a variety of disciplines to deliver optimal clinical care to the people of North Dakota and the region by providing them with practical experience in the research approach and the scientific method of evaluating new discoveries. This Endowed Chair position will move the SMHS forward, build excitement around research, and provide permanent support for a leading physician-scientist working toward advancements in medicine.

The Wadhwani Family Endowed Chair will carry a legacy of passion for research and excellence in education at UND. The caliber of learning at UND is dependent on exceptional leaders who can guide our schools and colleges to new heights.

Thank you, Dr. Das, for your time as a faculty member at the SMHS and for the dedication and love you have shown to the University of North Dakota through this gift. 


Endowed positions within UND's academic areas allow the departments to shape how their programs are taught to future students. These positions consist of leaders in their field that set an example and create a new standard for education at UND.