Amelia Barwise M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O.

Why did you choose research as a career?

I enjoyed working in clinical medicine for many years as a family medicine physician in Ireland. Moving to the USA provided a new beginning and an exposure to research I had not previously had. I initially found the work very tough but became more and more enthusiastic as I gained confidence and met other researchers doing interesting things.

I believe I have unique insights due to my medical background, and I enjoy constantly learning and challenging myself in my new career.

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

I already worked at the school to do a master's. I enjoyed the experience and the high-quality teaching and mentoring. The Ph.D. Program was a wonderful opportunity to continue in that environment while gaining more skills.

Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?

This fitted best with my medical background and was a natural extension of my education and knowledge into a research focus that could help patients and populations.

What do you like about Rochester, Minnesota?

It is a great family town with easy traffic and lots of interesting and kind people!

What are your plans for the future?

I hope to use my skills to meaningfully contribute to the group I currently work with and to gain experience working in and eventually leading research groups either at Mayo or elsewhere.