Joining the MMG program was the best decision I made in college. My time spent here in this department has been nothing short of amazing. Due to the small nature of the department I had already met the core faculty of MMG within a semester of starting and began to form personal relationships with them. They have provided an enormous amount of guidance to me in the form of academic, professional, and personal support. The faculty here provides a warm and welcoming environment that pushes you to become the absolute best that you can be. The courses offered by the MMG department are some of the most detailed and interesting courses at the university. The most memorable to me were the myriad of laboratory courses that offer hands on experience that is directly applicable to a career after graduation. Besides the outstanding faculty and courses, MMG offers opportunities to its students that the other programs at the university do not, including ample chances to become a TA, work in the hospital, and perform undergraduate research. I could not have asked for a better undergraduate experience.
Jacqueline grew up in Canada and graduated from the University of Toronto with an H.B.Sc. in Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. She joined the Ward lab in 2008 and is studying the regulation of the Toxoplasma gondii myosin motor complex by myosin light chain-1, and how small molecules can affect the invasion and motility of the parasite. Outside of the lab, she likes to read and bake yeasted and naturally leavened breads.