Allyson K. Palmer
Why did you choose research as a career?
I'm interested in basic science research as an avenue to increase our understanding of human disease and improve the standard of care for patients.
What attracted you to Mayo Graduate School?
A supportive environment is vital for success in Ph.D. training, and the faculty of Mayo Graduate School has a strong interest in the success of its students. I was also impressed by the breadth of research that goes on at Mayo Clinic and the vast opportunities for translational research that come along with completing your graduate training at a large, top-tier medical institution.
Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?
The clinical and translational science track provides a solid basis in epidemiology, statistics and clinical study design that will be useful for a career in translational research, while providing flexibility for me to pursue my interests in basic science.
What do you like about Rochester, Minn.?
I like the ease of living in Rochester. I don't have to deal with rush hour, the cost of living is relatively low and everything I need day-to-day is within a 10-minute drive. It is easy to focus on my training while living in Rochester.
What are your plans for the future?
I hope to become a clinical geriatrician with expertise in the basic biology of aging and regenerative biology. I want to help translate some of the great advances that have been made in regenerative biology to the aging and elderly population.