Dennis Mays, Ph.D.
My first experience at Mayo Clinic was in research in clinical and biochemical pharmacology. The research was translational in nature and aimed at understanding the mechanism of the action of drugs: devising improved dosing regimens for existing drugs, and developing new therapeutic agents for diseases such as alcoholism, inflammatory bowel disease and cancer.
While at Mayo, I have had the opportunity to experience teamwork at its finest and to see how the world's leading academic medical center operates from the inside. In my current role in the Office for Diversity, I have had the privilege to mentor and counsel diverse learners at various levels in Mayo's research education programs. I'm also currently the education coordinator, Ph.D. Admissions Committee representative, and Summer Undergraduate Research Fellow (SURF) program director for molecular pharmacology and experimental therapeutics.
Diversity should be highly valued in all organizations and communities because it is healthy. Diversity expands an organization's ability to solve problems creatively and efficiently. Diverse groups with diverse perspectives are more interesting and fun!