Meet CTSI recruitment specialist Melissa Mueller, whose expertise and experience make her a critical member of research teams at UMN. Her work with ResearchMatch is connecting University of Minnesota researchers with volunteers who have expressed interesting in participating in research studies.
Why do you work in clinical and translational research?
I chose to pursue a job in clinical and translational research because I recognize its importance in simple everyday things we often take for granted, as well as its role in developing cutting edge methods that change how we view health and disease.
What does your typical work day at CTSI look like?
Since this is a new position for me as well as for the University, my "typical" workday is still in development. As each day passes, however, it becomes clearer that my position will likely not have "typical" workdays, which makes me really excited! Some days I meet with researchers to discuss recruitment goals for their study and develop targeted strategies. Other days I give presentations to different groups on campus, teach researchers how to use ResearchMatch, work with the IRB to streamline certain procedures for our researchers, attend community outreach and networking events, participate in discussions on various health topics across the Academic Health Center schools, help develop training materials, host internal meetings, collaborate on nation-wide efforts to promote research volunteer participation, and continue to learn about the dynamic world of research at the University. I am lucky to work on such a wide variety of projects and with very intelligent and diverse people!
What do you like to do when you're not at CTSI?
When I am not at CTSI, I enjoy outdoor activities (especially running!), traveling, exploring the nooks and crannies of the Twin Cities, and spending time with my family and friends.
What is your favorite or current read?
I just finished reading Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption by Laura Hillenbrand. It was great! Next, I'm starting No Time To Lose: A life in pursuit of deadly viruses by Peter Piot.
Many of my favorite quotes come from my friends and family so I'll share one that is a bit more recognizable: "Be yourself; everyone else is already taken." -Oscar Wilde