How does your Mayo Graduate School education compare to previous education that you have received at other institutions?
There is no comparison to the high-caliber training I receive at Mayo. The education that I receive is directly applicable to the patients.
What opportunities have you been introduced to since being at Mayo Graduate School?
All of the wonderful faculty members are willing to help me accomplish my goals and mentor me along the way. I appreciate Mayo's commitment to developing young scientists and future leaders of biomedical research. Mayo provides a professional environment and many opportunities to network with lead researchers and scientists. I have many opportunities, from learning advanced techniques from other Mayo labs to attending national conferences to present my research.
Why did you choose Mayo Graduate School?
I chose Mayo Clinic's Center for Translational Science Activities (CTSA) program because of its unique nature that bridges the gap between clinical and basic research. I was attracted to the program's training component in which I rotate amongst laboratories in three different aspects of research such as basic science, patient-based and epidemiology. The idea is to integrate all three of these aspects in my thesis research dissertation. The CTSA Program is led by Dr. Anthony Windebank who is a leader and visionary to future biomedical research. Dr. Windebank is always helping students by creating opportunities for us to investigate the diseases that most interest us.
How would you describe the atmosphere of Mayo Clinic?
It's highly collaborative with many resources available from expert scientists to equipment.The entire Mayo Clinic faculty and staff are pleasant and ready to help, which makes for a great work environment.
What are your plans for the future?
I would like to work for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or the World Health Organization as the director of programs facilitating translational research whether that is clinical trials or implementing programs or interventions with a community or in a third-world country.
If you could describe Mayo Clinic in one word, what would it be?
With what activities are you involved in Scottsdale?
I am a member of the Graduate Student Association as the Scottsdale representative, and I'm part of the Initiative for Maximizing Student Diversity program. I am also a life teen youth Core leader at St. Bernard's Catholic Church.
How does Scottsdale differ from your hometown? College community?
The Phoenix metropolitan area offers many opportunities, from music events, professional sport games and hiking to relaxing evenings watching the beautiful pink and orange sunsets.