Alumni Profiles

Susan Arruda

Associate Professor, Franklin Pierce University


Picture of Susan Arruda in her lab.

Dr. Susan Arruda, 2005 graduate of Dartmouth's Molecular and Cellular Biology (MCB) Program, now associate professor at Franklin Pierce University, is working to bring high quality research and research opportunities for undergrads to a small liberal arts setting.

Susan's formative interests in biology started while she was in high school, where her success and enjoyment of Biology classes spurred her on to become a Biology major in college. As an undergraduate, Susan studied at the College of the Holy Cross in Massachusetts. Her interests in cellular and molecular biology grew to the point where she decided to pursue a Ph.D. in this area. The Dartmouth MCB program provided what she was looking for in terms of quality of research and location.

Matt Wargo

Assistant Professor, University of Vermont


Photo of Matt Wargo in his lab.

Most graduate students can trace their interest in life sciences to particular experiences in childhood or to an instructor in college whose passion for science inspired students go to an 8 a.m. class. The same holds true for Matthew Wargo, although his path to a career in life sciences had a few more twists and turns.

Matt Wargo grew up in Burlington, New Jersey, a few hundred yards from the Assissicunk Creek, which is a tributary of the Delaware River. Surrounded by marsh and woodlands, Matt developed an interest in nature and science early on. He attended and graduated from Susquehanna University, a small liberal arts college located in central Pennsylvania, with high honors in 1998. He majored in biology, with a minor in chemistry. That may seem like a logical choice for someone pursuing a career in life sciences, but Matt changed his major four times.