Shemonti R. Hasan

Why did you choose research as a career?

I have always enjoyed the thinking, learning and creativity involved with research and how it can help you understand why diseases occur. It's incredibly exciting to learn about the latest discoveries in your field, and I want to be a part of that.

What attracted you to Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences?

Mayo Clinic incorporates its philosophy — the needs of the patient come first — into research by doing many different clinical and translational projects to further improve patient care. The resources Mayo has for translating basic science findings into clinical practice were one of the major draws for me.

In addition, the mentors I have met here are always more than happy to make time in their busy schedules to help guide students in the right direction for their careers. The people I have met here are incredibly invested in seeing their peers succeed.

Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?

I want to become not only a great clinician, but also someone who pushes my field forward to improve the lives of patients and the understanding of disease. The clinical and translational science track gives me the tools I need to accomplish that goal and develop a career combining clinical practice and research.

What do you like about Rochester?

The small-town atmosphere gives the Rochester community a close, intimate feel. That has certainly made this place feel like home away from home. I always appreciate how friendly people are here.

What are your plans for the future?

I hope to pursue a career in academic medicine, where I am practicing both medicine and performing research that helps advance my field.