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newspaper readersSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. The bolded topics are linked to initial media coverage. The roman text links go to additional information.

UConn Today (video). 3-29-17. Featured the work of Paulo Verardi, who is working on a vaccine for the Zika virus. Associate Professor Verardi was one of the first people to get a Zika vaccine grant from National Institutes of Health. He is on the faculty of pathobiology.

Daily Campus. 3-30-17. Discussed the results of using of T cells and stem cells to treat diseases. Department of Allied Health Sciences Associate Research Professor Laijun Lai is conducting this research at UConn.

By Patsy Evans

Meet undergraduate Tessa Kell


Tessa Kell

In addition to two minors and a major in pathobiology, Tessa Kell has participated in stem cell research through the UConn-TIP Bioscience, Entrepreneurship & STEM Internship Program (UConn-TIP). This 10-week summer internship program connects UConn students with start-up companies that operate right here on campus. Tessa worked in the STEM area of the program where she set up experiments to test the effectiveness of a drug intended to treat multiple sclerosis. Follow Tessa’s journey as a CAHNR student and undergraduate researcher.

What attracted you to UConn? When I was first looking into colleges, I was interested in a science major, but I was not certain which career I wanted to pursue. The pathobiology program here at UConn is a unique program. It offers broad range of potential opportunities that can lead to med school, vet school, research careers, or careers in public health. When I came to visit, I was introduced to students doing all of these things. Pathobiology seemed like a good marriage of all of my interests. (more…)

Meet undergraduate Sarah Robbins

Sarah Robbins

Honors student Sarah Robbins is a full time junior at the University of Connecticut. She has conducted research with UConn’s pathobiology department on infectious diseases and viral vectors. Robbins is also an Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) peer research ambassador, and she talks to undergraduate students about her lab experiences. A Manchester resident, Robbins enjoys traveling, running, hiking and the outdoors. Here is what she said about her experiences as a CAHNR student.

What attracted you to UConn? The research opportunities and the pathobiology department were both huge factors in attracting me to UConn. There aren’t very many colleges that have a department focused specifically on infectious diseases. Additionally, there is ample support and resources for student research.


CAHNR in the news

photo of newspaper readersSome of CAHNR’s people, places and programs made the news recently. Select the bold text names to see the articles. The roman text links go to additional information.

UConn Today. 10-28-16. Featured the undergraduate IDEA grant project of graphic design student Raeanne Nuzzo, who is the current Gavitt Professional Communications Student in the CAHNR Office of Communications. Nuzzo researched fear culture and designed posters that used images and words from the current presidential campaigns.

UConn Today. 10-28-16. Depicted pathobiology student Tessa Kell discussing her research at the Fall Frontiers in Undergraduate Research Poster Exhibition at the Wilbur Cross Building on October 26.

STAT. 10-31-16. Included comments by Jennifer Harris about a study that surveyed past research articles to see if there is a connection between sugary drinks or snacks and obesity. Harris, who was not part of the study written about in the article, is an associate professor in allied health sciences. See also The Huffington Post. 11-2-16 and M.D./alert. 11-1-16. (more…)

$1.5 million grant funds study of the modus operandi of common seafood pathogen

Xiaohui Zhou

Xiaohui Zhou

Xiaohui Zhou, assistant professor of pathobiology, has received a four-year, $1.5 million NIH Research Project Grant (RO1) to study the foodborne pathogen Vibrio parahaemolyticus. According to the CDC, this strain of Vibrio is responsible for an estimated 45,000 illnesses in the United States every year.

Zhou first began researching this common seafood pathogen while a graduate student at Washington State University. V. parahaemolyticus causes an intestinal disease usually contracted by eating raw or undercooked seafood, particularly oysters. In some people, the illness can be quite serious.

“The overall goal of my study is to develop more effective and efficient approaches to treat infectious disease that is caused by bacterial pathogens,” Zhou says.

To do this, Zhou must first understand how the pathogens cause disease and must identify the proteins, or virulence factors, used by the bacteria to disrupt normal human intestinal cell processes.