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

Fall 2020 Series

Bruce Liang, M.D., FACC

UConn School of Medicine Dean, Dr. Bruce Liang, updates the faculty and recognizes their outstanding efforts during the pandemic.

Julian Ford, Ph.D.

Julian Ford, Ph.D., professor of psychiatry, was nominated for Faculty Spotlight by the Chair of Psychiatry, Dr. David Steffens, for his Innovative Educational Activity. He provided “psychological first aid” training to faculty and staff and established a “comfort room” for front-line COVID-19 clinical care workers.

Todd Falcone, M.D.

Todd Falcone, assistant professor of surgery, helped test patients for COVID-19 and also taught proper techniques for nasopharyngeal swabbing to providers. He was nominated for Faculty Spotlight by the Chief of the Division of Otolaryngology, Dr. Denis Lafreniere. Katherine Coyner, associate professor of orthopedic surgery, and Lauren Geaney, assistant professor of orthopedic surgery, volunteered at the outdoor COVID-19 testing tent during the peak of the pandemic. They were nominated by their center director, Dr. Augustus Mazzocca.

Srdjan Antic, M.D.

Srdjan Antic, associate professor of neuroscience, and Easwar Natarajan, associate professor of oral health and diagnostic sciences, successfully transitioned the medical and dental school curriculum to all online learning and virtual meeting rooms and provided extra assistance to faculty for their virtual lectures. Drs. Antic and Natarajan were nominated for Faculty Spotlight by Riqiang Yan, chair of neuroscience and Ellen Eisenberg, section chair of oral and maxillofacial pathology.

Penghua Wang, Ph.D.

Penghua Wang, Ph.D., assistant professor of immunology, was nominated for Faculty Spotlight by the Chair of Immunology, Anthony Vella, for his research. Wang worked tirelessly to develop a model to SARS-CoV-2, including hands-on work with purified virus, to aid in the development of a therapeutic treatment for COVID-19.