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

Leighton Core, assistant professor of molecular and cell biology, in the Engineering & Science Building on January 28, 2019. (Bri Diaz/UConn Photo)

Non-Coding Doesn’t Mean Non-Functioning: Exploring the Role of Non-Coding RNA in Gene Expression and Evolution

These studies by UConn researcher Leighton Core will generate important resources and represent a foundational framework for studying ncRNA function.

Vials in a mass spectrometer

UConn’s Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility Gives Faculty a Complete Cellular Picture

UConn's Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility houses multiple mass spectrometers and provides faculty expert support to see the full cellular picture.

Julie Valla in lab holding test tube.

Fine Tuning the Manufacturing Process of Specialized Catalysts

This project seeks to develop a manufacturing process to produce novel hollow particles with controllable properties and functions for various catalytic applications in energy storage, drug delivery, gas sensing, and more.

The Stamford Campus. (Ryan Glista/UConn Photo)

UConn, Innovate Stamford Collaboration Bolsters Innovation Ecosystem

The new partnership, which will include summer internships for 50 UConn students, aims to strengthen the city as a leader in technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

Photo courtesy of UConn Health Spirochete Research Labs

Meet the Researchers: Spirochete Labs

Anyone who has had to move knows what a pain it is. But imagine not just moving geographically, but switching between completely different biological environments with different nutrients available and immune systems working against you – well that’s the life cycle of Borrelia burgdorferi the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. The most prevalent arthropod-borne infection […]

Photo courtesy of UConn Health Spirochete Research Labs

Meet the Researchers: Spirochete Research Labs

UConn's Spirochete Research Labs are actively studying various aspects of B. burgdorferi, the bacteria behind Lyme disease.

Mechanical/Glass: Design and Fabrication Facility (Carson Stifel/UConn Photo)

Mechanical/Glass: Design and Fabrication Facility

UConn’s answer to the call for an affordable way to design, manufacture, and repair equipment is the Mechanical/Glass: Design and Fabrication facility, which can save researchers thousands of dollars and keep their projects moving forward.

Parent and adolescent girl outside in winter. Photo courtesy of Pixabay

All in the Family: Parental Influence on Language Acquisition in Children with Autism

Letitia Naigles, a professor of psychological sciences, has received $1.6 million from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders to investigate variation of language usage among school age children with autism spectrum disorder.

Syringe photo. Photo courtesy of Pixabay.

UConn Health Startup Wins Patent for Heart and Immune Disease Biologic

Faculty inventor, Annabelle Rodriguez-Oquendo, believes this technology will be another therapeutic option for patients at risk for cardiovascular and immune diseases.

Ken Thompson, assistant professor-in-residence of game design, taking 3D Scans of Courtroom 600 in the Justizpalast in Nuremberg, Germany. (Photo courtesy of Ken Thompson)

Reviving Holocaust History with Virtual Reality

UConn researchers are developing an immersive learning experience using VR and game design to bring to life archival materials from the Nuremberg Trials.