Elizabeth C. Eckert

Why did you choose research as a career?

Research is a fantastic tool to impact and help unlimited numbers of patients!

What attracted you to Mayo Graduate School?

The clinic and the high quality of research were my primary attractions. Mayo Graduate School creates a scientific "playground" with opportunities to learn lab techniques, collaborate with researchers and physicians, and attend seminars.

Additionally, seeing patients every day as I walk to and from lab makes the research more real and meaningful.

Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?

One strength of the clinical and translational science track is the diversity of projects with a common goal — translating from bench to bedside. The various approaches to research (basic, clinical and population-based) allow students to share unique perspectives as well as learn from others' perspectives.

What do you like about Rochester, Minnesota?

Rochester has an urban atmosphere with a small-town feel. It is fun to explore the restaurants, parks, Civic Center events, Thursdays on First and 3rd, hiking and running trails, farmers market, and more.

What are your plans for the future?

I am interested in many areas and have not determined a specific direction, though I hope to use my translational science education to help patients!