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DEPARTMENT OF Microbiology and Molecular Genetics ~ 2015 Annual Report

Susan S. Wallace, Ph.D., Chair

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics and its 16 faculty members play important roles in the research and educational missions of the College and the University. The department has a vibrant graduate program with 15 Cell and Molecular Biology doctoral students, teaches medical students in the Vermont Integrated Curriculum, and offers two undergraduate degrees, one in microbiology and the other in molecular genetics, with a total of 134 students.

The department has three principal research foci, microbiology and microbial pathogenesis, where faculty interact with adjunct MMG faculty from Infectious Diseases and work together in the Immunology and Infectious Disease COBRE Program; Protein- Nucleic Acid Transactions, where faculty interact with adjunct MMG faculty from Biochemistry and are nucleated by a National Cancer Institutefunded Program Project; and Computational Biology, which has a small but growing group of faculty whose research underpins, interfaces with, and supports the research of the bench scientists in the department and the College.

Faculty are members of over a dozen editorial boards including such prestigious journals as Structure, PLOS Biology, Molecular Oral Microbiology, Journal of Virology, Journal of Bacteriology, and Eukaryotic Cell. Gregory Gilmartin, Ph.D., is an associate editor of WIREs RNA; Markus Thali, Ph.D., is an academic editor of PLOS One; and Susan Wallace, Ph.D., is an associate editor of DNA Repair. Gary Ward, Ph.D., is the co-director of the Biology of Parasitism course at Woods Hole.

MMG faculty have given numerous presentations at national and international meetings and at universities all over the world. Aimee Shen, Ph.D., was an invited speaker at the Annual Society for General Microbiology Meeting in Birmingham, England; Sylvie Doublié, Ph.D., was an invited speaker at the Pew Scholars Reunion; Matthew Wargo, Ph.D., was chair of the Host-Pathogen Interaction Session of the American Society for Microbiology Pseudomonas Conference; Dr. Thali was an invited speaker at the Vanderbilt Cancer Center Conference on Tetraspanins; and Dr. Wallace was an invited speaker at the International Conference on Radiation Research in Kyoto, Japan.

MMG faculty also serve as frequent ad hoc reviewers on NIH and NSF panels, over 15 this year. Dr. Thali is a permanent member of the NIH AIDS Molecular and Cellular Biology Study Section, while Dr. Doublié is a permanent member of the NIH Molecular Genetics A Study Section. Dr. Wallace served as a reviewer on the first NCI Outstanding Investigator Award Review Panel.

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