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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.

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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.

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Cornucopiafest 2016

Cornucopiafest 2016

CAHNR in the news

newsprintSome 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.

StopBMSB.org. 7-21-16. Gave Brown Marmorated Stink Bug Working Group Conference highlights and summaries of presentations, including comments by Assistant Extension Professor Ana LegrandShe is part of plant science and landscape architecture and is studying stink bug survival on different diets.

Hartford Courant. 8-5-16. Mentioned the College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources as one of the beneficiaries of a $9 million gift from Eversource Energy. See also UConn Today. 8-10-16.

WNPR. 8-11-16. Aired a segment, as part of a talk show called Where We Live, on what Connecticut is doing to combat the Zika virus. The discussion included special guest Paulo H. Verardi. He is an associate professor in pathobiology and veterinary science. (more…)