Danielle N. Miranda
Why did you choose research as a career?
As an undergraduate student, I had the opportunity to participate in research training programs, including the New Mexico Alliance for Minority Participation and the Minority Access to Research Careers (MARC) program.
During my tenure at New Mexico State University, I was involved in molecular genetics research on various projects, including cotton genetics and defining spindle assembly checkpoint regulation in embryonic cells.
Furthermore, I had the opportunity to study at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center on projects related to clinical research in cancer. Cumulatively, these experiences, in addition to my interest and desire for patient care, have driven me to pursue a doctorate in clinical and translational science.
What attracted you to Mayo Graduate School?
Mayo provides a professional environment that has many opportunities in not only clinical care but also basic science research. The ability to seamlessly combine my interest in clinical research with traditional laboratory-based science was a significant determinant in my decision to attend Mayo Graduate School.
In addition, Mayo Clinic has a vast array of resources that are available for research, such as access to clinical samples and core facilities.
Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?
I chose Mayo Clinic's Center for Translational Science Activities 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 rotated in laboratories in three different aspects of research, such as basic science, patient-based and epidemiology.
My current research integrates all three of these approaches to understand the mechanisms associated with insulin resistance.
The graduate program director, Dr. Anthony Windebank, was also instrumental in guiding my decision to choose not only the clinical and translational science program but also Mayo Graduate School. He is excellent at providing direction for students by creating opportunities for us to investigate the diseases that are of significant interest to us.
What do you like about Scottsdale, Ariz.?
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.
What are your plans for the future?
I envision holding a position that provides me the ability to develop and implement programs that facilitate translational research, whether that be clinical trials or interventions within a community or third-world country.