Manager of Research Communications

Jessica McBride, PhD

Jessica McBride manages internal and external communications for the Office of the Vice President for Research at all UConn campuses. She spends her busy days discovering and promoting all the exciting research, scholarship, and creative works conducted every day by UConn's world-class faculty. An alum, Jessica earned her Ph.D. from UConn in 2017.


UConn Researcher Receives CDC Grant to Develop Social Media-Based Intervention to Prevent Gun Injury

October 20, 2020

UConn’s Caitlin Elsaesser has received a $250,000 award from the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to research how social media contributes to youth firearm violence.

UConn Wins Record Grants and Contracts Funding in FY2020

October 19, 2020

In fiscal year 2020, researchers from UConn and UConn Health secured nearly $286 million in research and other types of sponsored funding, the most in the University’s history.

OVPR Announces Research Excellence Awards

October 16, 2020

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) recently announced recipients in the 2020 Research Excellence Program (REP) for the Storrs/regional campuses and UConn Health. The primary goal of the REP is to provide seed funding to fuel innovative research, scholarship, and creative endeavors with strong potential for significant extramural funding and/or achievements consistent […]

OVPR Funds Five Projects in the Arts & Humanities

October 8, 2020

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) recently announced recipients of the second annual Scholarship and Collaboration in Humanities and Arts Research (SCHARP) Program. SCHARP awards aim to support innovative works of scholarship and creative activities in the arts and humanities that have the potential to transform a field of study, impact the […]

UConn Funds Five COVID-19 Research Projects, Announces Additional Funding

October 2, 2020

The Office of the Vice President has announced five awards to researchers as part of its new internal funding program to address the urgent needs presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

UConn Health Researcher Receives Patent for Cancer-fighting Antibody

October 1, 2020

UConn Health professor of cell biology Kevin Claffey recently received a patent for a novel antibody designed to target an important cancer cell membrane protein.

Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center Receives 5-year Extension to Improve and Expand Safety Analysis Tool

September 28, 2020

The Connecticut Transportation Safety Research Center has received a five-year extension from the Connecticut Department of Transportation for their project to develop a customized highway safety analysis tool for improving the safety of Connecticut’s roads. Since 2015, the Center, located at the University of Connecticut’s Connecticut Transportation Institute, has been developing a data-driven process to […]

UConn Health Researchers to Study Role of Endothelial Splice Factor in Alzheimer’s, Dementia

September 21, 2020

Patrick Murphy, Center for Vascular Biology, in collaboration with Dr. Riqiang Yan of the Department of Neuroscience, have received a $2.2 million grant from the National Institutes for Health to investigate the changes in RNA regulation within the endothelial cells of the blood-brain barrier in the onset of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s disease and Dementia.

UConn Researcher Developing ‘Blood-to-Answer’ Method for Early HIV Detection

September 10, 2020

UConn Health professor of biomedical engineering Changchun Liu, Ph.D., has received a $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to develop a simple, rapid, affordable HIV testing device.

Archival Documents, Like Magic, Thanks to UConn Researchers’ New App

September 1, 2020

A new app created by UConn researchers aims to do for hard-to-access archival documents what ‘sharing economy’ apps have done for car rides and food delivery.

UConn Launches Funding Program for COVID-19 Research

August 31, 2020

UConn’s Office of Vice President for Research is announcing a new rapid-response funding program open to researchers studying aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic.