Brenda Tessmann received her B.S. in Medical Technology from the University of Vermont. Upon graduation, she worked as an ASCP registered Medical Technologist in a hospital, clinical laboratory. She was, subsequently, promoted to a position of Chief Technologist. During this time, she gained extensive experience in clinical laboratory science and administration. She returned to school and was awarded a M.S. degree in Medical Technology from the University of Vermont. Following graduation, she assumed a teaching/technician position with the Department of Medical Microbiology. Since that time, she has taught and coordinated all the laboratory courses in this department. In 1987, she joined the MMG faculty. Currently, she co-teaches laboratories in MMG65 (Microbiology and Pathogenesis) and MMG302 (Medical Microbiology), teaches laboratories in MMG101 (Biology of Microorganisms), serves as coordinator for MMG222 (Clinical Microbiology) and coordinates a project to bring computer support to the courses offered by the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics.