Changing into the MMG department is the best decision I've made in my career at UVM. Starting out as a biology major, I did not feel a strong sense of passion for any of my classes until I took MMG101, Microbiology and Infectious Disease with Dr. Johnson. Within the first month of my sophomore year, I switched into the department. In my years at UVM, I have grown to see this department as a home away from home. With instructors and mentors that are friendly and easy to talk to, I have been able to grow academically as well as a person. Doing research in the department allowed me so many opportunities that I feel would not have been able to obtain elsewhere. With attentive and helpful mentors that helped me realize my love for microorganisms, I feel that I was able to pick a career path that has roots here in the MMG department.
Jia was born and raised in Zhejiang, China. He received his B.S. in Biotechnology from the Beijing Institute of Technology in 2004. Jia is currently doing research on Base Excision Repair in Dr. Susan Wallace's lab. Jia "likes Vermont very much: great environment and nice people".