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Renata Mazurek

Renata Mazurek '09, Physics/Biology

A Rochester native, Renata was initially intent on combining a design career with medical relief before gradually shifting gears to directly pursuing medicine. With a specific interest in cardiovascular disease, one of her professional long-term goals became research advancement in this area. She majored in both Biology and Physics at Rochester, and studied abroad within her Italian language cluster.

After graduation, Renata completed a one-year MS program at the Institute of Human Nutrition at Columbia University, taking Clinical and Public Health electives in Behavior Change Counseling and U.S. and International Health Policy while working on her thesis in the Cardiothoracic Surgery Division of New York Presbyterian Hospital. She completed her Master's thesis as she started medical studies in Be'er Sheva, Israel at the Medical School for International Health at Ben-Gurion University. In Israel, she did rotations in Be'er Sheva, Ashkelon, and Afula, and fulfilled her fourth year international clerkship in Bangalore, India. She received her MD degree this past May, and is beginning Postdoctoral Basic Science Vascular Research at Yale University, and is working towards becoming a Physician Scientist.