I was originally an Animal Science major on the pre-veterinary track. After taking my first class in the MMG department, I was hooked, and immediately I couldn’t wait to take more MMG courses. During my sophomore year, I decided to double major in both Animal Science and Microbiology. This was the best decision I made while at UVM. The MMG courses are challenging, however the support provided makes them not only possible to complete successfully, but also fun. Because MMG is a relatively a small department, the students all immediately become life-long friends, and the faculty knew us all by name within weeks. I can’t say enough about the department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics – the advising, guidance, and friends I gained will make me a better person and professional into graduate school and beyond.
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.