I transferred into the MMG program after taking MMG101 and MMG222 my sophomore year at UVM, and I am now an MMG advocate for life! It may be my inner nerd, but being a student in these courses was a blast. And not because they were easy – they make you work here, seriously. When people ask me why I love MMG so much the answer is very simple: the labs. The student laboratory exercises for MMG courses are a thousand steps up from general chemistry cookie-cutter labs. I looked forward to labs every week, not only because we actually got to do fun experiments, but I learned so much from each individual exercise – I can’t say either of those things are true for other lab courses I’ve taken at UVM. The other main reason why I’m an advocate for MMG is the staff. It’s like a family around here. The professors prefer you call them by their first name and love when you drop by just to chat. The advising teams in MMG are hands down the best. They have your best interests in mind, make sure they know exactly what you want to do with your degree and work next to you every step of the way. The faculty in this department are your best critics and friends, always pushing you to better your performance academically and in life beyond your degree. I am forever proud to be an MMGer.
Xiaoli obtained her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology and Microbiology in China. Currently she is working in Dr. Keith Mintz's lab as a postdoc, focusing her research work on the morphogenesis protein (MorC) of Aggregatibacter actinomycetemcomitans.