Jacqueline K. Limberg, Ph.D.

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  • Research Fellow, Human Integrative Physiology
  • Laboratory of Michael J. Joyner, M.D., at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Hometown: St. Cloud, Wisconsin
  • Graduate School: University of Wisconsin-Madison

What sparked your interest in science?

My undergraduate adviser, Dr. Alex Ng, studies muscle fatigue in patients with multiple sclerosis (MS). My friend's mother has MS, and fatigue severely impacts her everyday life. The idea that someone could spend a career learning what is causing her fatigue and developing new ways to treat it intrigued me.

How would you describe your area of expertise?

I primarily study changes in activity of the sympathetic nervous system in obesity-related conditions, why these changes occur, and what impact they have on respiratory, cardiovascular and metabolic health.

How will your research improve patient care or impact public health?

I am currently exploring potential mechanisms behind the development of diabetes in patients with sleep apnea. If we can better understand why this occurs, we can develop therapies that specifically target these mechanisms and improve the quality of life for millions of people.

Why did you choose Mayo Clinic to explore research?

Mayo Clinic has a vast institutional infrastructure to support human research at all capacities. The laboratory of Michael J. Joyner, M.D., is well-known for its innovative use of Mayo Clinic resources, long-standing collaborators, and scientific interactions with highly regarded investigators within Mayo Clinic and around the world.

What do you like about living in Minnesota?

I'm a Midwestern girl at heart. I enjoy apple picking, snowshoeing, fish fries and potlucks. Rochester is the perfect-size city (not too big, not too small), is surrounded by bike paths and hiking trails, and everyone I've encountered is friendly, hardworking and sincere.