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Scientific Community

The Microbiology & Molecular Pathogenesis Program (M2P2) affords a unique, collaborative environment between principal investigators, students, and postdoctoral fellows. Our goal is to provide an outstanding training experience for graduate students and post-docs in microbial pathogenesis by providing opportunities for presentation, formal & informal interactions and collaborative projects. Specific events and resources available through the Microbiology & Molecular Pathogenesis Program include:

Journal club

Students are expected to enroll in a journal club each semester, and the Molecular Pathogenesis JC is offered each term. We often have "themes" for each semester to focus on a particular topic area of interest, for example, recent topics have included fungal pathogenesis and plant-pathogen interactions. Starting in the Fall of 2010, senior Ph.D. students and/or post-docs will co-organize the JC with a faculty mentor and select the topics to be covered.

Joint lab meetings

Ph.D. students participating in M2P2 have the opportunity to present an annual seminar. This formal, 50 minute presentation allows students to further develop their presentation skills and to share their recent findings with colleagues in the program.

Departmental seminar series

Weekly seminar series are sponsored by a number of departments, including Microbiology and Immunology, Genetics, Biochemistry and Biology.

Special M2P2 seminars by visiting scholars

We sponsor a number of special seminars each year, including seminars from outside examiners for Ph.D. students defending their thesis.

The annual M2P2 Program retreat

The annual retreat brings together students, faculty, and post-docs from Dartmouth and a number institutions across New England, including the University of Vermont, the University of New Hampshire, UMass Medical Center, the University of Maine, and Smith College. This 2-day conference covers a wide range of topics related to all microbes including bacterial, fungal, viral and parasite biology and the interactions of these microbes with their hosts. The retreat includes oral presentations and a poster session, and graduate students and post-docs give most of the presentations. We also organize career development activities. We hold the retreat in February at the Lake Morey Resort in central Vermont. We even have an afternoon break to enjoy skating or skiing.

If outdoors is what you want as your free-time activity, then this is the place for you.