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.


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Leveraging Soft Skills to Improve College and Career Readiness

Neag School of Education associate professor Jennifer Freeman is working to improve college and career readiness for students with emotional and behavioral disorders.

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Sun and Sea: UConn Professor Advances in National Solar Desalination Contest

University of Connecticut professor of chemical and biomolecular engineering Jeff McCutcheon is a quarter finalist in the American-Made Challenges: Solar Desalination Prize administered by the U.S. Department of Energy. High salinity brines from oil and gas production, mining and industrial wastewaters are challenging to treat with conventional desalination technologies. Scientists have been working on various […]

Q&A: The Magic of University Entrepreneurship

Abhijit (Jit) Banerjee, UConn's new AVP of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, talks about the University's strengths in these areas, and the ways it can become even more successful.

Nathan Alder, assistant professor of molecular and cell biology at his lab on June 27, 2013. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn Researcher Investigates Promising Candidate for Mitochondrial Disease Treatment

Researchers and clinicians are exploring many potential medicinal approaches for investigating and treating the root causes of diseases including gene and enzyme replacement therapy. But another therapeutic approach is to develop compounds that maintain cells in a healthy state. Cellular organelles called mitochondria are increasingly recognized as promising targets for such compounds. Mitochondria are responsible […]

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UConn Researchers Prepare Master’s Students to Work with Children with Developmental Disabilities

Many children with developmental disabilities, such as autism, have high-intensity behavioral needs, meaning they require a wide-ranging support system of people appropriately trained to work together to address their needs. Nearly 400,000 students in Connecticut have special health care needs. In the past decade, the prevalence of children with developmental disabilities has increased by 17% […]

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UConn Health Team to Investigate Link Between Gut Microbiome and Aging

The adage tells us the way to someone’s heart is their stomach; a pair of UConn Health researchers are learning the same can be said for the aging process. Drs. Yanjiao Zhou and Ming Xu have received a $2.7 million award from the National Institutes of Health to gain a better understanding of how the […]

OVPR Announces Scholarship Facilitation Fund Awards

The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) has recently finalized award decisions for the Scholarship Facilitation Fund (SFF) Program. Through this program, the OVPR is able to provide up to $2,000 to UConn faculty across all disciplines, on a competitive basis, to promote, support, and enhance research, scholarship and creative endeavors. For a […]

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

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.

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UConn Wins Record Grants and Contracts Funding in FY2020

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

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 […]