Ian R. Lanza, Ph.D.
As a basic scientist, Ian R. Lanza, Ph.D., of Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., saw the KL2 Mentored Career Development Program as an opportunity to help eliminate barriers between clinical and basic research.
"The bench-to-bedside approach is very satisfying for nonclinicians because we can see our basic research findings efficiently translated into meaningful health outcomes," he says.
He enthusiastically recommends the KL2 Program to "anyone who is interested in establishing himself or herself as an independent investigator with the intent of conducting translational research."
Although he's in the early stages of his research program, Dr. Lanza hopes that his work will lead to a better understanding of how specific classes of dietary fats can impact mitochondria and the action of insulin.
"I foresee this project contributing to important dietary recommendations to help prevent, reverse or delay the onset of type 2 diabetes," he says.
As he pursues this line of research, Dr. Lanza values the input of his mentors.
"The joint mentorship by two highly successful clinical investigators has been priceless. Under the auspices of these two mentors, I have conceived a multidisciplinary research question that I anticipate will lead to an independent line of work in the future."
Dr. Lanza also is pleased with the career development and scientific discourses that occur regularly.
See Dr. Lanza's publications on PubMed.