Jessica Silva, Ph.D.

Becoming a physician has been my dream for as long as I can remember. However, my first job as a research assistant in a cancer research lab and the diagnosis of my lovely mom with cervical cancer allowed me to truly see that I wanted to become a scientist in cancer prevention, to stop it before it begins.

Mayo Clinic attracted me as the best place to obtain my doctorate degree because of the intelligent professors at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences professors are wonderful mentors. They push you to believe in yourself and train you to become independent scientists.

The education and experiences I obtained at Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences helped me become a great leader, public speaker, and a collaborative scientist. The research I conducted at Mayo Clinic for my doctorate degree in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology specializing in Genomics allowed me to gain knowledge and expertise in novel technologies, which also made it easy for me to find a job quickly after defending my thesis.

Diversity is a topic which always touches my heart. As I am a Mexican American woman, almost every aspect of my life has revolved around my morals, heritage, ideals, and beliefs, which may be different from many others here at Mayo Clinic or in the scientific community. Mayo Clinic has given me and others the opportunity to express our thoughts by blogging them in the Mayo Clinic Diversity in Education Blog, and by participating in excellent programs such as the Initiative for Maximizing Student Development program.

I believe that we are unique people who come from different places, have different backgrounds, and have different experiences. If we listen to each other and work together, we can create unique ideas!

Dec. 07, 2011