Faculty Spotlight

Each faculty we spotlight has been selected from recent nominations we received from our department chairs, center directors, and educational leadership.


Kiki Nissen, M.D.

Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs
Associate Dean, Graduate Medical Education

Spring 2022 Series

Leslie Caromile, Ph.D.

Leslie Caromile, assistant professor of Cell Biology, was nominated for Faculty Spotlight by Dr. Barbara Kream, associate dean of the Graduate School. She was nominated for her work on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee and her research into the molecular mechanisms of prostate cancer progression and metastasis.

Jennifer Cavallari, Sc.D.

Jennifer Cavallari, associate professor of Public Health Sciences, was nominated for Faculty Spotlight by her department chair Doug Brugge and William Shaw in the Department of Medicine. She was awarded a 5-year project by the CDC to study the mental well-being of school teachers within the Center for the Promotion of Health in the New England Workplace.

Jianbin Ruan, Ph.D.

Jianbin Ruan, assistant professor of Immunology, was nominated for Faculty Spotlight by his department chair, Dr. Anthony Vella. He was nominated for his research in the field of innate immunity which he has received a NIH R01 award and a paper published in the journal Nature.

Pooja Luthra, M.D.

Dr. Pooja Luthra, associate professor of Medicine, was nominated for Faculty Spotlight by her Division Chief Dr. Andrew Arnold and department chair Dr. Lynn Kosowicz. She was nominated for her outstanding leadership in the Endocrinology Fellowship Program and UConn's innovative transgender medicine clinical program.