Undergraduate Research

The Department of Pathobiology has numerous active research programs involving undergraduate students. The departmental undergraduate research programs deal with several pathobiologic aspects of infectious and chronic diseases of both human and animals.

Here, we hope you enjoy learning about Pathobiology major students' innovative projects presented at the Frontiers in Undergraduate Research exhibitions and what they have learned through their engagement in research and creative activity.

2020

"Participating and completing this project showed me how to effectively plan different steps in the research method. For example, I learned how to effectively set up a hypothesis, design an experiment with clear independent and dependent variables, and interpret complex results. COVID-19 interrupting this research also showed me how to plan ahead, and what steps to take for future researchers to carry out. Because I am a senior and graduating this year, I hope another undergraduate will be able to take this work and continue it, furthering scientific thought from one person to the next"

-Characterization of a Mycoplasma Pneumoniae CARDS Toxin Mutant

Nikaash Pasnoori ’20 (Pathobiology, CAHNR)

Advisor: Steven Szczepanek, Assistant Professor, Pathobiology and Veterinary Science

Supported by: OUR Supply Award

Online Materials: https://portfolium.com/entry/characterization-of-mycoplasma-pneumoniae-mutant

2021

-Evolutionary History of Rabies Virus in Connecticut

Julia Desiato ’21 (Pathobiology, CAHNR)

Advisors: Dong-Hun Lee, Assistant Professor, Pathobiology and Veterinary Science; Guillermo Risatti, Professor, Pathobiology and Veterinary Science

Online Materials: https://portfolium.com/entry/evolutionary-history-of-rabies-virus-in-ct

 

-Identifying Mycoplasma pneumoniae Protective Antigens Using Proteomic Approaches

Meagan Goodridge ’21 (Animal Science & Pathobiology, CAHNR)

Advisors: Steven Szczepanek, Associate Professor, Pathobiology and Veterinary Science; Steven Geary, Professor, Pathobiology and Veterinary Science

Supported by: UConn IDEA Grant

Online Materials: https://portfolium.com/entry/mycoplasma-pneumoniae-vaccine-protective-antigens

 

-Detection of Carbapenem Antibiotic Resistance Among Enterobacteriaceae Family in Mastitic Milk and Animal Tissues

Annushka Sewrathan ’21 (Animal Science & Pathobiology, CAHNR)

Advisor: Guillermo Risatti, Professor, Pathobiology and Veterinary Science

Supported by: UConn IDEA Grant

Online Materials: https://portfolium.com/entry/antibiotic-resistance-in-enterobacteriaceae

 

-Effects of Poor Maternal Nutrition During Gestation on Colostrum and Milk Quality in Sheep

Alexandra Bettencourt ’21 (Pathobiology & Animal Science, CAHNR)

Advisor: Sarah Reed, Associate Professor, Animal Science

Supported by: OUR Supply Award

Online Materials: https://portfolium.com/entry/effects-of-poor-maternal-nutrition

 

-Pathology and Prevention of Lean Non-Alcoholic Steatohepatitis: A Distinct Disease Regulated by FXR

Anisha Jain ’21 (Pathobiology, CAHNR)

Advisor: Christopher Blesso, Associate Professor, Nutritional Sciences

Supported by: UConn IDEA Grant

Online Materials: https://portfolium.com/entry/pathology-and-prevention-of-lean-nash