Margaret O. Akinhanmi

Why did you choose research as a career?

As a naturally inquisitive person, I believe research is the ideal career for me because it allows me to ask many questions, while providing me with the resources to answer them.

What attracted you to Mayo Graduate School (now known as Mayo Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences)?

Mayo Graduate School attracted me because of the openness of the students and faculty and their willingness to share and learn from one another. I was also drawn in by the freedom to do research in any discipline I choose.

Why did you choose the clinical and translational science track?

The clinical and translational science track is unique in that it provides the opportunity to participate in research in an interdisciplinary manner and create collaborations among the various tracks at Mayo Graduate School.

What do you like about Rochester, Minnesota?

Rochester is a bit far from my hometown of Lawrenceville, Georgia, but I quite enjoy the beautiful summers with very little humidity and wide array of outdoor activities.

What are your plans for the future?

I hope to be part of a research team whose goal is to eventually improve clinical outcomes and health disparities. With translational research being such an emerging field, I am eager to see where the research will take me.