Margot A. Cousin
Why did you choose research as a career?
I wanted to help people, but not care for them in a one-on-one scenario like a physician. Research is a natural vocation for a curious mind, and the creativity of problem-solving and scientific discovery is appealing and rewarding.
What attracted you to Mayo Graduate School?
Mayo Graduate School was an attractive choice for several reasons. The Mayo Model of Care is evident throughout the organization, including in research and education, which makes doing the right research for the right reasons a no-brainer.
Being a part of Mayo Clinic also affords you access to patient data and samples to study on countless disease states that are an invaluable resource for biomedical research.
The research here is second to none and highly collaborative, and since the graduate students are fully funded by the graduate school, there are no barriers to joining a lab or choosing a mentor that is the right fit.
Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?
For me, the clinical and translational science track was the easiest decision to make. I want to do research that impacts patient care and the health of our population.
I wanted to learn how to develop a translational research program and make the connections necessary to reach from the laboratory to the physician's office so that the clinicians can inform our research and our research might inform patient care in a meaningful way.
The support and guidance offered by the clinical and translational science track gives us the framework to explore the issues and barriers associated with translational research so that we might move beyond them and effect change.
What do you like about Rochester, Minn.?
Rochester is a nice-size city that has many of the perks of a bigger city, such as restaurants and community activities, without the cost and congestion.
What are your plans for the future?
While I am trying to keep my options open, I hope to continue working with the zebrafish model and teaching and doing translational research would be both professionally and personally gratifying.