Graduate Education

Posts about graduate education in the United States, globally, and at the UVM Larner College of Medicine by graduate students, postdocs, staff, faculty, and alumni at UVM Larner Med. Topics frequently covered include the graduate school journey, advice for incoming and current graduate students, and more.

In the Eye of the Storm: Researching COVID-19

Two years ago, University of Vermont Cellular, Molecular, & Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. student Hannah Despres was working in the Botten Lab and primary focused on research of lymphocytic choriomeningitis virus (LCMV)—a largely understudied tropical virus that causes meningitis/encephalitis. Then, SARS-CoV-2 began its first deadly journey around the globe and, like many researchers, Despres’s research shifted quickly.

Now, Despres works in the lab of Assistant Professor of Microbiology & Molecular Genetics Emily Bruce, Ph.D. Alpha, Delta, Omicron—Despres’s research in the Bruce Lab has followed the trajectory of the virus, from one variant-of-concern to the next.