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Jacquie and Francis

Biochemistry Student's Francis Ayombil and Jacquie Gertz Graduate! 

On Saturday, May 21st, 2016 Biochemistry students, Francis Ayombil and Jacquie Gertz graduated.

Francis's future plans are moving on to be a Post Doctoral fellow at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) Research Institute working with Dr. Rodney Camire of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Interestingly, Dr Camire is former graduate from our biochemistry program here at UVM and former trainee of Paula Tracy in the class of 1998.

Jacquie, an ORISE fellow, currently serves on a multidisciplinary scientific/medial team within the Division on Nonprescription Drug Products that reviews, evaluates, and makes decisions on the approvability of scientific submissions and applications which request FDA regulatory approval for clinical research, human testing, and manufacturing of human drugs.  For her future plans, in the coming months, she will become a full time employee in the division of Nonprescription Drug Products at the Food and Drug Administration to continue my role as a interdisciplinary scientist.  

Congratulations Francis and Jacquie! 

Francis Ayombil

Francis Ayombil Defends Doctoral Dissertation

On Tuesday, March 15th, 2016 Francis Ayombil defended for his Doctoral Dissertation titled Defining Platelet-Derived Components Regulating the Prothrombinase Enzyme Complex. Francis has been a graduate student working in Dr. Paula Tracy's Lab here in the Biochemistry Department. Congratulations Francis!


Jacqueline Gerts Defends Doctoral Dissertation

On Friday, June 5th, 2015 Jacquie Gertz defended for her Doctoral Dissertation titled Cellular and Molecular Events Regulating Factor V Endocytosis by Megakaryocytes. Jacquie has been a graduate student working in Dr. Beth Bouchard's Lab here in the Biochemistry Department. Congratulations Jacquie!


Adam Mirando Defends Doctoral Dissertation

On Monday, March 23, 2015 Adam Mirando defended for his Doctoral Dissertation titled Characterization of a Non-canonical Function for Threonyl-tRNA Synthetase in Angiogenesis. Adam has been a graduate student working in Dr. Chris Francklyn's Lab here in the Biochemistry Department. Congratulations Adam!


Dr. Kaleem Zaidi Among 2014 VCC Program Grant Recipients

Dr. Kaleem Zaidi is one of the serveral recipients of a 2014 Vermont Cancer Center Program Grant.  A once a year award of $20,000 to promote strategic partnerships between VCC scientists, behaviorists and physician-scientists.  Read full article >>


The University of Vermont Cancer Center Awarded $2.1 Million Grant to Establish Epigenetic Tumor Signatures

The field of epigenetics – the study of heritable, but reversible changes in gene function that do not involve changes in DNA sequence – has exploded over the past five years and is helping scientists worldwide gain a better understanding of how cancer develops and how this process can be modified. Read full article >>



Learn more about our new Acclerated Master's Program in Biochemistry here.


Everse lab uses crystallography to address fundamental issues in biomedical science.


Class of 2016 Celebrates End of Foundations and Honors Two Long-Time Course Directors. Read more >>


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