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DEPARTMENT OF Microbiology and Molecular Genetics ~ 2014 Annual Report

Susan S. Wallace, Ph.D., Chair

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) 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 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 102 majors.

The department has three principal research foci, microbiology and microbial pathogenesis, where faculty interact with adjunct MMG faculty from Infectious Diseases and Animal Sciences 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 Institute-funded 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.

This year MMG faculty 37 presentations at national and international meetings and at universities all over the world. Aimee Shen, Ph.D., was a discussion leader at a Gordon Research Conference on Microbial Adhesion and Signal Transduction; David Pederson, Ph.D., was an invited speaker at the 13th International Workshop on Radiation Damage to DNA; Sylvie Doublié, Ph.D., was speaker and session chair at the FASEB Nucleic Acids Enzymes summer conference; Markus Thali, Ph.D., was co-organizer and speaker for the 7th FASEB Conference on Tetraspanins; and Susan Wallace, Ph.D., was an invited speaker and session chair at the Gordon Conference on DNA Damage, Mutation and Cancer. MMG faculty also serve as frequent ad hoc reviewers on NIH and NSF panels and Dr. Thali is a permanent member of the AIDS Molecular and Cellular Biology Study Section, while Dr. Doublié is a permanent member of the Molecular Genetics A Study Section. Gary Ward, Ph.D., is chair of the Board of Directors of the Public Library of Science in Washington, and Neil Sarkar, Ph.D., is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Medical Informatics Association. This year, Dr. Doublié was elected to the Vermont Academy of Science and Engineering and was a 2013–2014 University of Vermont Scholar.

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