Burlington, VT promotes academic excellence and personal growth, and UVM has enabled me to explore my interests and identify my passions. The UVM community is comprised of individuals from all over the country and world, which has provided me with the invaluable opportunity to establish a widespread social network of peers in the many degree programs UVM has to offer. I look forward to taking advantage of this network while pursuing my post-graduation endeavors. Initially, after transferring to UVM, I was in the biology program, but after meeting with several professors in the MMG department, I knew that a degree in Microbiology was the perfect suit for me. The MMG department has consistently provided me with the one-on-one advising that I need. The smaller size of the MMG department compared to other departments at UVM ensures that the support you need in any area of your life, not only academic, will be available to you when you need it.
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".