Dr. Gary Ward: National Leader in Open Access

MMG Professor Gary Ward, Ph.D., is a national leader in the effort to bring equity and open access to the world of research publications. Read the article in LCOM's Vermont Medicine (or view the flipbook) to learn about this important work.


Drs. Douglas Johnson and Rebecca Guy Inducted into LCOM Teaching Academy

On January 15, 2020, two Microbiology and Molecular Genetics faculty members received recognition from the Larner College of Medicine (LCOM) Teaching Academy.

Dr. Douglas Johnson received the well-deserved honor of "Distinguished Educator," the highest level of membership in the Academy, making him the first faculty member from a basic science department to join this category. Dr. Rebecca Guy, who joined MMG last year, was inducted as a Teaching Academy Member. They joined Dr. Janet Murray ("Master Teacher") as our first three faculty in the Academy.

Mari Tomanelli Elected to Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society

The Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics is proud to announce that Mari Tomanelli, an Honors College and Molecular Genetics major and Latin Language and Literature minor, has been elected to the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Mari is from Maine and plans to get her Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science before going to medical school for pathology. Congratulations, Mari!


Janet Murray, PhD, Inducted into LCOM Teaching Academy

On January 31st, 2019 Janet Murray, PhD, was the first faculty of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics (MMG) to be inducted into the Larner College of Medicine’s Teaching Academy. Representing her extensive expertise in curricular development and dedication to teaching across the state of Vermont, Dr. Murray was inducted as a “Master Teacher,” one of six faculty to meet this membership level at the Teaching Academy. A total of twenty-nine inductees were honored at the Induction and Award Ceremony.

Dr. Murray joined the MMG faculty in 2017 and serves on the Education-Scholar Pathway. In addition to teaching fundamental coursework as part of the Microbiology and Molecular Genetics majors, she now director of the CALS Honors College, as of January 2019. Prior to joining MMG, Dr. Murray was Director of professional development and education at the Vermont Genetics Network, and also previously served as the Director of the Outreach Core at VGN. She received her PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics in 2000 and her B.S. in Biochemistry at the University of New Hampshire. Congratulations Dr. Murray!


Vaccine Testing Center Site for New NIH Zika Vaccine Trial

Vaccinations have begun in a first-in-human trial of an experimental live, attenuated Zika virus vaccine. The Vaccine Testing Center at the Larner College of Medicine at the University of Vermont in Burlington and Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health Center for Immunization Research in Baltimore, Md. are the two sites where the vaccine will be tested. Learn more about the trial.


$12.3 million COBRE Award Announced

The Department of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics, the University of Vermont and the Larner College of Medicine are pleased to announce the receipt of a $12.3 million award for a new Center of Biomedical Research Excellence (COBRE) called the “Translational Global Infectious Disease Research Center” (TGIR). The TGIR will join together two traditionally distinct groups of scientists to develop innovative approaches to prevent and control infectious disease. The TGIR will be housed within MMG and will be led by MMG Chair and VTC Director Beth Kirkpatrick, MD, along with Chris Huston, MD and Jason Bates, PhD. Check out the news coverage at WCAXFox44 and WAMC Radiolearn more at LCOM's site, or go to the TGIR website.