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

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DOE Grant Aims to Increase Resilience of Distributed Energy Resources

UConn engineers are working to develop a computational method to bolster the resilience of the nation's power grids.

Reinhard Laubenbacher is professor in the Department of Cell Biology and co-director of the Center for Quantitative Medicine at UConn Health. He is also professor of computational biology at The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine. (The Jackson Laboratory Photo)

Controlling Biofilms with Predictive Mathematical Models

The joint project between UConn Health and The Jackson Laboratory will develop a predictive mathematical model to design optimal controls for fungal growth in communities of bacteria called biofilms.

Vijay A. K. Rathinam, an assistant professor in UConn Health’s Department of Immunology recently received funding from the NIH to study an ill-understood response to bacterial infection. (Open Source Image)

Searching for Sepsis Interventions

By studying the regulation of innate immune responses during bacterial infection and sepsis, this project has the potential to identify new biomarkers and targets to intervene before the condition can severely harm the host.

Inge-Marie Eigsti (front row right) and Deborah Fein (second row left), professors in UConn's Department of Psychological Sciences, with members of their research team. (Carson Stifel/UConn Photo)

New $3M Grant Studies Optimal Outcomes for Autism Spectrum Disorder in Adults and Teens

Researchers from UConn's professors Department of Psychological Sciences have received over $3 million from the National Institute of Mental Health to study optimal outcomes for autism spectrum disorder in adults and teens.

Colin Cleary, a first year doctoral student in UConn's Department of Physiology and Neurobiology (PNB) (Photo provided by Colin Cleary).

Meet The Researcher: Colin Cleary, UConn College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Colin Cleary, a doctoral student in the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology (PNB), recently won a highly competitive National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health.

Colin Cleary, a first year doctoral student in UConn's Department of Physiology and Neurobiology (PNB) (Photo provided by Colin Cleary).

Meet the Researcher: Colin Cleary, Physiology and Neurobiology

“Undergraduates can publish original research.” This statement made by Colin Cleary, a first year doctoral student in the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology (PNB) at the University of Connecticut, is certainly true, as Cleary’s own standout educational track proves. Cleary was recently awarded a prestigious Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Predoctoral Fellowship […]

Researchers Rob McGinnis (foreground) and Jeff McCutcheon. (Sean Flynn/UConn Photo)

Startup Advances Carbon-Zero Fuels through UConn Partnership

As part of the Technology Incubation Program (TIP), Mattershift is developing ways to convert carbon dioxide from the air into fuels, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, and construction materials.

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.