Maria E. Lozada

Why did you choose research as a career?

As a medical student, I believe that combining medicine and research will be indispensable for my career. Being actively involved in research will keep me up to date on what's new and noteworthy in the field.

This will not only help me become a better physician for individual patients but also give me the tools I need to improve the care of patients elsewhere. Solving problems by sharing my work with the scientific community seems excitingly gratifying.

What attracted you to Mayo Graduate School?

The philosophy of patient-based research at Mayo Clinic brings out a unique collaborative attitude in Mayo researchers and students alike.

Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?

The clinical and translational science track provides the depth and skills to conduct meaningful research in any field within an ever-changing world of medical sciences. I chose this track because it provides me the tools for conducting clinical research now and applying them to the research I embark on later in my career.

What do you like about Rochester, Minnesota?

Surprisingly, the weather. I enjoy the marked seasonal changes.

What are your plans for the future?

After completing my medical degree, I will pursue residency in general surgery. I plan to continue incorporating research into my academic development and future practice.