Jeannette M. Olazagasti Lourido
Why did you choose research as a career?
While very challenging, I find research can be extremely rewarding. You have the wonderful opportunity of helping others by advancing knowledge and developing new treatments for diseases.
What attracted you to Mayo Graduate School?
I came to Mayo Graduate School because of all the groundbreaking research Mayo has done so far. I wanted to contribute to it, and I knew that here I would receive the adequate skills in order to do so.
Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?
The clinical and translational science track allows you to be involved right in the interface between basic science and clinical research. I not only get to discover new biomarkers but also get to see how they are then transferred into the clinical setting.
What do you like about living in Rochester, Minnesota?
Since I come from Puerto Rico, where it is summer yearlong, I really like the fact that now I get to experience all four seasons. Seeing Rochester covered in snow was absolutely beautiful.
There are many outdoor trails to walk and relax, and the quality of life is very good, with a clean environment. But most of all, I like how everyone is so nice and makes you feel welcomed.
What are your plans for the future?
I would like to finish my medical degree and hope to then train in a residency program that allows me to use my newly learned research skills. Also, I would like to practice medicine in an academic setting, where I can teach and work on clinical research.