I switched into the MMG department as a sophomore. I immediately noticed a difference: in the MMG department I found advisors and faculty who truly cared about each and every student. It was the equivalent of moving from New York City to a small village - all of a sudden I knew everyone and we all cared about each other. In addition the classes were top-notch. The materiel was exciting and meant to prepare us for future careers. In labs we ran tests that we would use in certain fields every day, instead of just traditional experiments to prove a point. My advisors and professors were excited to help me prepare for the careers I was interested in. I would say that one would be hard-pressed to find a department as tight-knit and academically excellent as the MMG department at UVM.
Kayo Imamura received her Ph.D. in 2005 at Osaka Prefecture University in Japan. She is currently working in Dr. Doublié's lab on structure/function studies of DNA glycosylases of the base excision repair pathway.