Melissa Barber '02

Major: Biology

Graduate degree: Master's Degree in Immunology, Dartmouth College; Certificate in Medical Technology, Danbury Hospital School

What do you do for a living?

I am a Medical Laboratory Scientist at the University of Vermont Medical Center. I work in hematology, flow cytometry, and immunology in the clinical laboratory, analyzing patient specimens to aid doctors in disease diagnosis and treatment.

How did your experience at Saint Michael's help prepare you for your career?

The small class sizes, wonderful professors, research experience, and strong liberal arts curriculum all prepared me well for my research and clinical laboratory jobs. 

What is your favorite memory from your time at St. Mike's?

It is hard to pick one favorite memory, but working on a summer/senior research project was a highlight of my time at St. Mike's.

Any advice for students at St. Mike's?

Don't worry if your original career plan ends up changing.  Continue learning what you do and don't like through education and experience, making connections, and exploring jobs you may have never even heard of! 

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