My mentor is Dr. Jane Reusch. My research project involves investigating how mechanisms leading to mitochondrial dysfunction, increased ROS generation, and impaired autophagy contribute to endothelial dysfunction seen in T2DM.
I was initially attracted by several aspects of UCD’s
- The wealth of clinical experience in caring for a variety of patient populations in three different distinct settings (University of Colorado, the VA, and Denver Health).
- The extensive expertise of the faculty.
- The significant exposure to all the different aspects of endocrinology afforded.
- The research opportunities. Coming into fellowship, I did not have a lot of prior exposure to research but it was just as important to me to find a program that would help me excel at it. I really liked the that fact.
- My interview experience only further complemented my perception of UCD. In my interactions with the fellows, I was left with a sense that they were genuinely happy here. I was also very impressed by how not only was the program director very invested in the program, but so were all the other attendings I interviewed with.
- Perhaps what was most striking to me was the number of prior UCD fellows that had stayed on as faculty members. For me, this spoke volumes about the quality of the program.
The people! From the support staff to the other fellows to the attendings, every great aspect of the program stems from the people involved in it.
It’s absolutely beautiful here! And coming from Portland, Oregon, the sunshine certainly has been a nice plus. Denver is such an active city where there is always something to do. I love Red Rocks. I have seen some great concerts there and it’s also a great place for running/hiking.