Research Fellows and Graduate Students: Jackie Henderson, Ph.D.
What first inspired you to go into the field you're in?
I don't know if one life event inspired me to become an engineer. As a child, math, science, mechanical items, and music kept my attention. These interests continued throughout my undergraduate studies. During graduate school, a biomechanics class helped me hone in on the type of project that eventually became part of my research. All of my interests were incorporated through my study of factors associated with cumulative trauma disorders in pianists.
What field/project are you currently working on?
I am working in the Orthopedic Biomechanics Laboratory where my research focus is on the cause of carpal tunnel syndrome. This project requires a mathematical model of the excursions within the human carpal tunnel.
What has your experience been like in Rochester/Mayo Clinic or What are your other interests?
My life has been filled with big cities such as St. Louis, Houston, and Detroit. The move to Rochester was exciting because this was the start to life after completing school.
Although Rochester seems to be in the middle of nowhere, there are two big cities within 70 miles. Mayo Clinic has been great. My lab experience embodies the "teamwork" philosophy.
Working in a diverse laboratory has given me the opportunity to add other recipes, spices, and techniques to my cooking. Additionally, since I enjoy traveling, there will be trips planned to Turkey, Jordan, Japan, Taiwan, Ukraine, Brazil, and Thailand.
What would you like to do in the future (career or research specific)?
My ultimate goal is to become a successful professor that continues to study musicians and inspire the next generation of young engineers to achieve their goals while impacting their community and the world.