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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Annabelle Rodriguez-Oquendo, at her lab on Oct. 14, 2015. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

UConn Health Startup Wins Patent for Heart and Immune Disease Diagnostic

UConn professor of cell biology, Dr. Annabelle Rodriguez-Oquendo, developed a test to detect a genetic predisposition for an abnormal inflammatory response that causes several life-threatening disorders.

Crystal Park, a professor in UConn's Department of Psychological Sciences has received $234,800 from the John Templeton Foundation to study the role of religious beliefs in physical health and well-being. (Open Source Image)

Role of Religious Beliefs in Physical Health and Well-Being

Crystal Park, a professor in the UConn’s Department of Psychological Sciences has received $234,800 from the John Templeton Foundation to study the role of religious beliefs in physical health and well-being. While all religions have certain traditions and beliefs associated with them, not all followers adhere to beliefs in the same way. Some research suggests […]

Royce Mohan in his lab at UConn Health. (Janine Gelineau/UConn Health Photo)

New Grant Tests Potential Target for Age-Related Blindness

A research team from UConn Health has received more than $400,000 from the National Institutes of Health to study a potential target for Age-Related Macular Degeneration, a leading cause of blindness.

Hannes Baumann and his research team sampling silversides with a beach seine in Mumford Cove, CT. (Chris Murray/UConn Photo)

Unlocking the Genomic Mechanisms of the Atlantic Silverside

This joint project with Cornell University will be the most comprehensive genomic assessment to date for local adaptations, and is critical to understanding how marine organisms may be able to respond to rapid environmental change.

The USS Louisiana (SSBN743) is arriving for the first time at their new homeport at Naval Base Kitsap, Silverdale, Washington,on October 12, 2005. The USS Louisiana was formerly homeported at Kings Bay, Georgia. US Navy (Photo of the USS Louisiana by Brian Nokell, NBK Visual Information, via Wikimedia Commons)

Submarine Engineers Simulate Real-Time Conditions to Test Key Components

The new method to test vibrating, manufactured components includes a mathematical model that simulates the rest of the ship and the surrounding ocean.

Tomoyasu Mani in one of Brookhaven's chemistry department labs. Mani is now assistant professor of chemistry at UConn. (Brookhaven National Laboratory Photo)

Using Magnetic Fields to Improve Optical Tomography Resolution

Optical imaging has become a powerful technique in biomedical research. A team of UConn chemists received funding to improve the resolution of optical tomographic images with the use of magnetic fields.

Liisa Kuhn, center, is inducted into the AIMBE Fellows National Academy of Sciences. She is joined by AIMBE President Gilda Barabino (left) and AIMBE Chair Anthony Guiseppi-Elie (right). (AIMBE Fellows Photo)

UConn Health’s Liisa Kuhn Inducted into Medical and Biological Engineering Elite

The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the induction of Liisa Tiina Kuhn, Ph.D., associate head and associate professor of biomedical engineering in the UConn School of Dental Medicine to its College of Fellows. Kuhn was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows for advancing […]

Earth's inner core is composed of solid iron and nickel, while its outer core is molten liquid. Prof. Vernon Cormier from UConn's Department of Physics recently won an NSF grant to determine the structure of the Earth’s inner core in relation to the processes that affect its cooling, solidification and connection with the flowing liquid metals of the outer core. (Open Source Image.)

Exploring Earth’s Core with Seismic Wave Measurements

UConn professor of physics, Vernon F. Cormier, has received funding from the National Science Foundation to study the transition from liquid to solid in the Earth’s core using seismic wave measurements.

Mark Brand, professor of plant science and landscape architecture, with Aaonia berries growing at the Plant Science Research Farm on Aug. 9, 2012. (Peter Morenus/UConn Photo)

Horticulturist Wins Patents for Modified Black Chokeberry Cultivars

Prolific inventor and professor of horticulture Mark Brand was recently issued two patents for his novel black chokeberry plants. The new cultivars will be available in garden centers this spring.

Daniel Mulkey in his lab with graduate students Ian C. Wenker and Joanna Hawryluk. (Daniel Buttrey/UConn Photo)

The Brain and Breathing in Health and Disease

Professor Daniel Mulkey from UConn's Department of Physiology and Neurobiology recently received several grants for projects focused on understanding how the brain controls breathing in health and disease.