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.

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Wizdom Powell is director of the Health Disparities Institute and associate professor of psychiatry at UConn Health.

Meet the Researcher: Wizdom Powell, Health Disparities

In a recent conversation over coffee with Wizdom Powell, PhD, director of UConn’s Health Disparities Institute (HDI), two words kept popping up: commitment and passion. Powell leaves no doubt that she is both committed and passionate when it comes to her work, the communities she serves, and improving health outcomes for underrepresented populations. Powell, who […]

Wizdom Powell is director of the Health Disparities Institute and associate professor of psychiatry at UConn Health.

Meet the Researcher: Wizdom Powell, UConn Health Disparities Institute

Wizdom Powell, PhD, director of UConn's Health Disparities Institute in Hartford, is a nationally recognized clinical psychologist whose research focuses on the role of modern racism and gender norms on African American male health outcomes and healthcare inequities.

Altug Poyraz, left, with Steven Suib, distinguished professor of chemistry. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn Chemist Wins Patent for Tunable Metal Oxide Synthesis Method

University of Connecticut chemistry professor Steven Suib has been granted a US patent (9,908,103) for a new method developed with his former student Altug S. Poyraz, now an inorganic chemistry professor at Kennesaw State University. The technology is capable of synthesizing and customizing a type of compound that has unique catalytic and electronic properties. Suib […]


DoD Grant to Better Understand Aeronautical Combustion

UConn engineer, Xinyu Zhao, is working to develop a better understanding of the combustion process that powers aeronautical engines through a $450,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Defense and U.S. Air Force.

The Thames River in New London, CT, looking toward Groton, CT (Wikimedia Commons)

Highlighting Connecticut’s Maritime Geography, History, and Future

Connecticut has nearly 100 miles of coastline and is traversed by several rivers. A new UConn-led multidisciplinary project will create a maritime heritage trail that runs through southeast Connecticut.

Prototype of Mobile Sense Technologies' wearable device to detect arrhythmias. (Photo courtesy of Mobile Sense Technologies)

Mobile Sense Technologies Wins U.S. Patent, $225K from NSF

This UConn spinout is building foundational technology for off-the-chest wearables for long-term management of cardiac arrhythmias.

Nancy Petry, professor of medicine at UConn Health. (Tina Encarnacion/UConn Photo)

Meet the Researcher: Nancy Petry, UConn School of Medicine

Since joining UConn Health in 1996, Petry has won over $41 million in external funding, making her one of the most active and highly funded researchers across all campuses.

(Photo courtesy of Charles River Laboratories)

Charles River Laboratories Joins UConn TIP

Charles River’s Vaccine Support Services group will continue R&D and manufacturing of diagnostics and laboratory products and plans to be an active member of TIP's entrepreneurial community.

CT-scan images taken in Rahul Kanadia's lab of the mice with microcephaly (right) and without the condition (left). (Photo courtesy of the Kanadia Lab)

Testing Cellular Mechanisms Behind Microcephaly

Rahul Kanadia, professor of physiology and neurobiology, has received more than $1.8 million from the NIH to study the role of minor spliceosome in cortical development common in microcephaly.

UConn held an inaugural Brain Research Symposium on June 8, 2018. The event brought together researchers from UConn Health, UConn's Storrs campus, and partner organizations. (UConn Photo)

UConn Hosts Inaugural Brain Research Symposium

During the day-long event, nearly 30 scientists and clinicians “pitched” their current brain-related research projects to find potential collaborators.