MGM graduate student, Jennifer Griffin, was one of four GSBS students chosen to present their work at the 15th Annual Research Retreat.

Each year, four students are given the opportunity to present at the UMass Research Retreat in Woods Hole. 14 students were nominated by their respective GSBS programs, and the finalists were chosen by a faculty committee. This year, Jennifer Griffin, a senior student in Chris Sassetti's lab, was one the four chosen to present. Jennifer's research focuses on understanding how Mycobacterium tuberculosis, the causative agent of tuberculosis, adapts to life inside the human lung. She has discovered a number of new biochemical pathways that allow the bacterium to survive by digesting host cholesterol. Just as importantly, Jennifer says, "I enjoy talking about the research we're doing because it feels like we're having an impact on the greater world."

For more information see: http://www.umassmed.edu/news/articles/2010/students_research_retreat.aspx