Why did you choose research as a career?
I've always been fascinated by unknown questions. Growing up, figuring out the mechanisms, structure and form of underlying complex phenomena always gave me a sense of self-satisfaction. Being able to apply this quest for truth toward biomedical sciences and improving human health is what drove me into a research career.
What attracted you to Mayo Graduate School?
A clinical and translational science track was not available at other universities where I applied and interviewed. Association with Mayo Clinic was also a plus.
Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?
Although my previous research fell within the basic sciences, I believe that translational science will define modern (and future) research efforts. A focus upon the bigger picture and upon multidisciplinary integration is needed to address the overarching obstacles in health.
What do you like about living in Rochester, Minnesota?
Rochester has some pretty amazing people!
What are your plans for the future?
I hope to continue my research and to expand my impact in the community.