I have truly enjoyed my time at UVM as a microbiology major. I was a transfer student into the MMG department, and I am confident that I could not have made a better choice when I decided to change my major. Not only did I feel immediately welcome, I felt engaged and excited both in the classroom and in the labs. My learning curve has been steep since day one as an MMGer, and although it was certainly not easy, I am leaving UVM with a well-rounded scientific background that will serve me well in the future. The MMG curriculum gives students solid core skills and knowledge, while providing the flexibility for students to make their undergraduate education their own. I felt lucky to have the freedom to choose from a wide variety of upper level electives that suited my personal interests, to participate in research, and to be able to pursue a minor in anthropology. Overall, I am thrilled to have been a part of such a wonderful program.
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.