Jarryd M. Campbell
Why did you choose research as a career?
Two important things: I enjoy working toward a goal that will benefit the greater community if realized, and I rarely dislike day-to-day lab work.
What attracted you to Mayo Graduate School?
Emphasis on health-related research.
Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?
The clinical and translational science track allowed me flexibility in choosing a basic science research project while maintaining a working knowledge of the translation process.
What do you like about Rochester, Minn.?
I like the distinction of each season and the radically changing temperatures. I often get bored with consistent weather, so it's nice to have something new to look forward to every month, if not every week.
Probably more importantly, the lab I work in is filled with people who I enjoy spending time with and respect a lot. It's a relatively young lab, but this makes for a lot of enthusiasm and energy. The senior leadership is excellent, and they push to give graduate students a chance to explore and shape their scientific experience with a lot of independence.
We have projects that stem from community outreach education efforts to the most basic sciences, and more in between. This sort of freedom to really pursue your interests has elevated my graduate school experience in my opinion. All this makes it easy and rewarding to get up and go to work everyday.
What are your plans for the future?
Stay in academia and likely run an independent laboratory.