Director, Office of Communications

Jessica McBride, PhD

Dr. Jessica McBride is the Director of the Office of Communications at UConn's College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. She is responsible for developing and implementing communications and marketing strategies to highlight the College's unique research strengths, outstanding academic offerings, and extensive community impact. An alum, Jessica earned her Ph.D. from UConn in 2017.

Author Archive

Sabrina Yum-Chan '19 (CLAS), left, and Nichole Broderick, assistant professor of molecular and cell biology, look over vials of flies in a microbiology lab at the Torrey Life Sciences Building on Nov. 10, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Good Bacteria, Bad Bacteria: Uncovering How the Microbiome Supports Health

Nichole Broderick from UConn's Department of Molecular and Cell Biology has received almost $2M over five years from the National Institutes of General Medical Sciences to improve our understanding about the microbiome.

Xiuling Lu and Rajeswari Kasi at UConn

UConn Researchers Win Patent for Nanoparticle Cancer Drug Delivery System

UConn researchers have patented a new co-polymer that can carry drugs and bio-responsively release them in cancer cells to target the disease with less toxicity to healthy tissue.

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Generating a Comprehensive Cell Atlas of the Cerebellum

Yuanhao James Li, a professor at UConn Health, has received over $2 million from the National Institutes of Health to investigate the development of the neural networks in the cerebellum.

A young mother in Botswana speaks with a health worker. (Moses Mpata/Photo courtesy of the Gates Foundation)

UConn Receives Grand Challenges Explorations Grant For Groundbreaking Research in Global Health and Development

Lisa Butler, PhD, associate research professor at UConn, is a Grand Challenges Explorations winner, an initiative funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. Her research project aims to optimize health for mothers and children in Botswana.

Human embryonic stem cells grown in UConn's Stem Cell Core Laboratory. (UConn Photo)

New $2M NIH Grant Studies Asymmetric Stem Cell Division

This latest project from professor of cell biology, Dr. Mayu Inaba, builds on her previous discovery of microscopic protrusions found only on stem cells.

Connecticut River landscape (Photo courtesy of CLEAR)

A New Tide at UConn’s Connecticut Institute of Water Resources

What do taking a trip to the beach, testing a well, and planting a new garden have in common? You guessed it – water.  UConn is home to a state-wide organization focused on providing Connecticut’s citizens with information and research about all the water resources we encounter in our daily lives. As the state’s land […]

James Cole, professor of molecular and cell biology, with a ultracentrifuge at the Biology/Physics Building on July 27, 2017. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Targeting the Flu with a Novel Antiviral Drug

UConn molecular and cell biologist, Jim Cole, formed a startup to develop a novel potential treatment for the flu.


Real Talk: Applying Computer Learning Models to Human Speech Recognition

UConn professor of psychological science, James Magnuson, has received more than $600K from the National Science Foundation to address a longstanding problem with research on speech perception and spoken word recognition.

Dr. J. Travis Hinson (JAX Photo)

$2M NIH Grant to Study Genetic Mechanisms of Inherited Heart Muscle Disorders

Dr. John Travis Hinson, a joint faculty member at UConn Health and The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine has received more than $2 million from the NIH to study a serious and often fatal heart condition, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

Yusuf Khan, associate professor of orthopedic surgery at UConn Health. (UConn Health Photo)

Combination Therapy for Improved Bone Repair

A new NIH-funded project explores combining cell-laden hydrogels and ultrasound technology to improve bone defect repairs.