Current Students

Recent Updates and Info for Students:

***Student Resources and Helpful Links During the COVID-19 Pandemic***

Domestic and Foreign Travel Guidelines.  Please review the  Travel Guidance and FAQs UPDATED 3/11/22 regarding travel guidelines for both business and personal travel outside of Connecticut, including guidance for fully vaccinated, recently COVID positive, and not fully vaccinated employees. This information applies to Graduate Assistants as well as staff.  Additional information on the pandemic for employees can be found here

For the latest updates on UConn Health's Universal Mask Protocol for employees. learners, and visitors, click here.

**IMPT** If you are not feeling well and are experiencing any COVID-19 symptoms or have COVID-19 related questions, call our UConn Health COVID-19 Call Center: 860-679-3199 to report your symptoms and get further instruction. DO NOT come into school or the lab if you are not feeling well.


UConn Health Support Services and Wellbeing

Student Behavioral Health Service- free and confidential mental health services, counseling, and resources

Ombuds Office- confidential, informal, independent, and impartial assistance to individuals through dispute resolution and problem-solving methods

Virtual Group Exercise Classes - The Wellness Center has reopened, but their Yoga and Pilates instructors have also created virtual classes including Vinyasa Yoga, Morning Stretches, Pilates, Breathing Exercises, and Meditation.

Additional Information and Guidance:

State of CT COVID-19 Portal- Daily updates for Connecticut, include statistics, press releases, executive orders, etc.

CDC Travel Guidance- Guidance for planning domestic and international travel from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

NIH Office of Intramural Education and Training - The OITE has provided recordings of their recent sessions and pre-recorded panel discussions and interviews that trainees can access online covering a wide variety of topics.

All Graduate Students

Biomedical Science Ph.D. Students

Graduate Student Organization (GSO)

Graduate Thesis Defenses

Wednesday, May 18
2:00 PM, Grossman Auditorium, CGSB

"Biophysical rules of multivalent molecular clustering and their implication in biomolecular condensate formation"

Aniruddha Chattaraj
Biomedical Science PhD Student
Systems Biology Area of Concentration
PI: Dr. Leslie M. Loew

Friday, May 27
10:00 AM, Leo Holt conference room, JAX-GM

"Transposable element mediated splicing in human breast cancer"

Alex Nesta
Biomedical Science PhD Student
Genetics and Developmental Biology Area of Concentration
PI: Dr. Christine Beck

Grad School Events

Thursday, July 14

9:30 AM- 4:00 PM

39th Annual Biomedical Science Graduate Student Research Day

Mark your calendar to join us in celebrating the wonderful work of our amazing Biomedical Science graduate students!

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Pedro Miura
2021-22 Lepow Award winner: Andrew Harrison
Area of Concentration Oral Presenters
Space Limited In-Person Poster Session
and Annual Awards Announcements, including
the Osborn Award for Excellence in Biomedical Science Graduate Training,
the Edward G. Henderson Memorial Prize,
the Lepow Award,
Oral and Poster Presentation Awards,
and the Biomedical Science Service Awards

**This event will be held live within capacity limits as needed.  Speakers and oral presentations will be live streamed for a broader audience.**

Details on abstract submission, award nominations, event signup, and live stream link will follow as the date draws closer.

**Please note that event planning is subject to CDC guidelines and University policy and will be modified if needed as guidelines continue to be evolve.**

Upcoming Career Forums

Tuesday, May 17, 2022
1:00 PM- Hybrid (registration required-see details below)

Career Path: Medical Science Liaison

Dr. Leia Shuhaibar
Medical Science Liaison
Ferring Pharmaceuticals

Beyond the PhD is excited to welcome Dr. Leia Shuhaibar, a Medical Science Liaison at Ferring Pharmaceuticals, a pharmaceutical company in reproductive medicine. Dr. Shuhaibar completed her Ph.D. studies at UConn Health in 2015 in Dr. Laurinda Jaffe’s lab investigating the signaling pathway controlling oocyte meiosis in mouse ovarian follicles. Later, as a Postdoc fellow and Assistant Professor, she investigated clinical applications of their reproductive biology research and translated their discoveries into developing a new therapy for bone growth disease. Leia also collaborated with UConn fertility clinic and worked as an Embryologist in the IVF lab helping infertility patients.

For family reasons, Leia and her family moved to Texas where she took a 1-year break, taking care of her children and searching for new career opportunities. In August 2021, Leia started her position at Ferring, where she is applying her research, teaching, and embryology experience to support physicians treating infertility patients.

Dr. Shuhaibar will be giving Beyond the PhD’s first hybrid seminar about her career path next Tuesday, May 17, at 1 p.m. The event will be streamed via Zoom and the in-person seminar will be given in conference room E5036. Registration for the event is free and is open to anybody interested. To attend the event, you must register using the link below. Due to COVID restrictions, in-person attendance is limited to students, faculty, & staff at UConn Health Center only. In-person attendees also must register using the link below and select “In-person Attendance” for your ticket option.

For recordings of previous career seminars & workshops, career blog posts, and more from this student-led group, check out their website:

For more information, contact: Rachel Gilmore at