Delaney Liskey | Researching Your Own Disease

Delaney Liskey was diagnosed with pediatric-onset multiple sclerosis (MS) when she was eleven years old — a rare form of a commonly diagnosed disease. Today, as a graduate student in the inaugural class of the Regenerative Sciences PhD Track at the Mayo Clinic Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Delaney highly values the patient perspective in biomedical research. Through her personal experiences, she explains that empowering patients with the skillsets and opportunities to study their individual disease at the laboratory bench will lead to substantial advancements in biomedical research.

Delaney Liskey

Delaney Liskey strives to empower patients to be research scientists of their own disease through the establishment of training initiatives. Since early childhood, she has battled with multiple sclerosis (MS), a neurodegenerative disorder of the brain and spinal cord, and has since applied her personal experiences with the disease towards research in uncovering the underlying cellular mechanisms to develop strategies for tissue repair.

Delaney is a PhD student in Regenerative Sciences at the Mayo Clinic, ranked the best hospital in the world by U.S. News, and holds a bachelor's degree in Cognitive Science from the University of Virginia. She was previously awarded the National Institutes of Health Post-Baccalaureate Research Education Program fellowship at the Mayo Clinic.