The classes that were offered through the MMG department were among the best I have taken during my time at UVM. The professors and lecturers in the department are very knowledgable about their subjects, friendly, always had an open ear for students' questions and concerns, and prepared interesting classes as well as excellent experiments. One highlight for me was the possibility to perform independent undergraduate research focusing on molecular motors needed in fission yeast cytokinesis. The research I completed over a period of two semesters has further deepened my interest in the field of molecular biology and helped shape my future path following graduation which has led to my decision of pursuing a Ph.D. With the preparation that the MMG program gave me I had no problem getting into my number one choice molecular and cellular biology graduate program which I will be attending upcoming October.
Grace obtained her Ph.D. at the University of Hong Kong, where she worked on gram-positive Actinomyces spp. isolated from human oropharynx. When she joined Dr. Keith Mintz’s laboratory, Grace switched to studying Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans, a gram-negative periodontal pathogen. Her research focus is on the outer membrane proteins of this bacterium, and their biological relevance in the interaction with the human host. Grace plans on having her own lab in the near future.