Post Doctoral Research

Postdoctoral research in an important aspect of post graduate degree training. Post doc positions are are appointed individually by CAHNR faculty members. 
The Graduate School has oversight of UConn policies and practices for postdoctoral associates on the Storrs and regional campuses. As such, services offered within the Graduate School are available to all postdoctoral fellows and trainees.

Featured CAHNR Post Doctoral Researchers

Meet Dr. Rebecca Boehm

Rebecca Boehm is a University Postdoctoral Fellow jointly appointed at the Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity and the Zwick Center for Food and Resource Policy at the University of Connecticut. Her research focuses on the linkages between diets, nutrition, and environmental more

Meet Dr. Shaheer Burney

Dr. Shaheer Burney's areas of interest include food policy, marketing, and consumer behavior. Dr. Burney's research has a strong focus on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and its impact on the diet quality, health, and well-being of low-income households. He utilizes quasi-natural experiments and demand systems to conduct causal inference on policy-relevant topics. In addition, Dr. Burney is involved in extension and outreach activities pertaining to local food systems. Dr. Burney is also the instructor of the undergraduate course Marketing and Consumer Behavior in the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics."

Meet Dr. Katherine Pflaum

Mycoplasma gallisepticum is the primary etiologic agent of avian mycoplasmosis, a major threat to poultry and egg production industries worldwide. Significant economic losses in poultry from chronic M. gallisepticum infection occur due to reduced egg production and hatchability, as well as downgrading of carcasses. Unfortunately, the molecular tools to create mycoplasma vaccines are severely limited at this time and the molecular nature of the mutations in the existing M. gallisepticum vaccines are not defined. Despite the fact that these M. gallisepticum vaccines are available, none to date provides adequate protection for the effective control of M. gallisepticum.
Our lab is utilizing synthetic genomic technology to alter the bacterial parameters of the established M. gallisepticum infection model and characterize the effects in the natural host. These data will greatly further our understanding of specific genes in M. gallisepticum and how they may pertain to pathogenesis and persistence. These data will provide information likely to be critical for development of rationally designed M. gallisepticum therapeutics and vaccines.

Meet Dr. Kankowan Srirattana

Dr. Srirattana is from Thailand. She got her PhD from Monash University, Australia. Her PhD project combined the knowledge of mitochondrial DNA and assisted reproductive technologies to enhance bovine embryo production efficiency. She is now a Post-doc with Prof. Cindy (Xiuchun) Tian. Her current research topics include bovine genetic engineering to improve agricultural efficiency as well as study expression profiles of genes involved in embryonic development, epigenetic regulation, mitochondrial fission and fusion in bovine embryos.

Meet Dr.Samantha Scarneo

Samantha Scarneo serves as the vice president of youth sport safety for KSI and works to improve overall safety at the youth sport and secondary school settings. Dr. Scarneo is a certified athletic trainer and has experience as an athletic trainer at the high school level and mass medical tents. Her research interests include policy implementation to improve sport safety, policy implementation science, and public health frameworks with regards to sports medicine interventions. Dr. Scarneo is the recipient of a National Athletic Trainers Association Research and Education Foundation Doctoral Grant for her project titled “Emergency Action Planning Policy Adoption in Secondary School Athletics”. She has spoken at the Eastern Athletic Trainers Association, various national meetings and state meetings. She has been a lead or co-author on several publications including the co-chair for the 2017 document “The Inter-Association Task Force Document on Emergency Health and Safety: Best-Practice Recommendations for Youth Sport Leagues.”
Dr. Scarneo received her bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training at the University of New Hampshire in 2011, a master’s degree in Kinesiology at the University of Connecticut in 2014 and her doctoral degree from the University of Connecticut in 2017.

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Meet Lauren Koenig

I am an ecosystem ecologist and biogeochemist interested in the transport and transformation of carbon and nutrients in river networks. I use experimental, observational, and simulation modeling approaches to study how water and element cycles are linked within aquatic ecosystems and across landscapes.

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