Health & Life Sciences Index

The Health and Life Sciences Career Initiative ( is a consortium of seven Connecticut colleges and universities, funded by a U.S. Department of Labor grant, geared toward identifying and providing academic programs to meet employment needs. Eastern is focused on strengthening its offerings in the health and life sciences to complement its existing state-of-the-art programs in biology, biochemistry, and health information technology.

Under this grant, Eastern is providing the Summer University Research Program (SURP), with two tracks:  Biosciences: Search for Cures and Building Healthy Communities. Eastern will also serve as a leader in insuring that new community programs created under the grant will bridge into bachelor’s degrees and beyond.

Program Contacts:
Polly M. Silva, PhD.
Gelsi-Young Hall, Room 227
(860) 465-0655

Patricia Miller
Smith Library, Room 108
(860) 465-4504

In the News!

Antibiotic Resistance: An Eastern Professor Tackles a Global Problem

Professor Barbara Murdoch and biology student Lauren Atkinson ’19 at Eastern’s 110-acre Church Farm educational center in Ashford, CT. The petri dishes contain separate bacterial populations that were isolated from the soil at Church Farm.

Professor Barbara Murdoch and biology student Lauren Atkinson ’19 at Eastern’s 110-acre Church Farm educational center in Ashford, CT.

Willimantic, Conn. — Among the world’s most pressing public health problems is antibiotic resistance, and Barbara Murdoch, a biology professor at Eastern Connecticut State University, is dedicated to fighting it. Antibiotics are powerful medicines that fight bacterial infections, but more and more they are being rendered ineffective.
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              The Interconnection Between Science & Creativity

Audiences enjoyed the second event in The Jackson Laboratory lecture series at Eastern  on Monday, April 11 at 7 p.m. in the Fine Arts Instructional Center, Room 110 at Eastern Connecticut State University.

Formal portrait of President and Chief Executive Office (CEO Director) Edison Liu against a white background

President and Chief Executive Office (CEO Director) Edison Liu

Dr. Edison Liu, president and CEO of The Jackson Laboratory, an accomplished jazz and classical musician as well as a world-renowned cancer and genomics researcher was joined by Dr. Basile Tarchini on double bass. During this special event Dr. Liu incorporated music to underscore his discussion of the common factors in musical improvisation and scientific discovery.

Prior to joining The Jackson Laboratory Dr. Liu was the founding executive director of the Genome Institute of Singapore (2001-2011) and the president of the Human Genome Organization (HUGO) (2007-2013). Before 2001, Dr. Liu held leadership positions as the scientific director of the National Cancer Institute’s Division of Clinic Sciences (1996-2001), the director of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Specialized Program of Research Excellence in Breast Cancer, the director of the Laboratory of Molecular Epidemiology at UNC’s School of Public Health, chief of medical genetics, and chair of the Correlative Science Committee of the national cooperative clinical trials group CALGB.

Learn more about Dr. Liu’s research on The Jackson Laboratory website, or check out Dr. Tarchini’s work on the inner ear development through the study of the role of cytoskeleton polarization in sensory function and hearing loss.


Watch Dr. Weinstock’s talk about the latest research on the Human Microbiome – a talk for scientists and the general public.

George Weinstock, Ph.D., Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

George Weinstock, Ph.D., Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine

The Human Microbiome:
A New Frontier That Might Just Affect Everything!

George Weinstock Ph.D., pioneering scientist from Jackson Labs, delivered a talk before a packed theater at Eastern on January 27, 2016.

It’s not too late to see it!    View it on demand on Eastern’s Television website.

Pressed for time?  Start by reading a summary in the latest press release.

This talk is designed to appeal to all audiences, and is particularly appropriate for those who are interested in the future of health sciences.

The microbiome is the community of microorganisms, such as bacteria, that live and grow in and on our bodies. The study of the microbiome – a new field of research — will change our medical practices of the future.

For more information on Dr. Weinstock’s work,  see his website (link)

Dr. Weinstock’s talk is also available to stream from the Connecticut Network.
This talk is sponsored, in part, by the Connecticut Health and Life Science Career Initiative, a grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

  Annual Research Opportunities

For more information, talk to your academic advisor or go to Eastern’s Undergraduate Research and Creativity page.   Some travel and project grants are available; applications are being accepted now.

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           Summer Program  – Application due February 2
           Academic Year InternshipsLearn more and apply now
    Internships are available in Farmington, CT and Bar Harbor, ME

    •       Watch the Jackson Labs Calendar for other opportunities

    Learn more about Jackson Labs (here) and the Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine in Farmington, CT (here).


  2. Eastern’s annual event to showcase student research and creative activity undertaken within the School of Arts and Sciences and the School of Education and Professional Studies.  (More Information)
    Date:  Friday, April 15th 2016

  3. National Conferences on Undergraduate Research (NCUR):  online form and details are available at    Conference is April 7-9.      Submissions Due:  December 2


    Did you know?  Eastern Ranks in Nation for Health and Physical Fitness Major!
More information:  here

SURP 2015 —  Hot off the Press – Latest Press Release!
For more information, contact Polly Silva,

 Off-Campus Events

  Medical Interpreter Certificate Programs offered in both New London and Hartford, March – May, 2016
Eastern AHEC, Inc. will be offering the Medical Interpreting Training in New London and Hartford this SpringThese trainings are open to anyone who is 18 or over, has a Language Proficiency Assessment (LPA) of 80% or more and has a high school diploma or CED.

For more information you can refer to Eastern AHEC, Inc. website at, click on the Facebook icon  or contact Hector Gonzalez at 860-465-8281, X 405 or

    Eastern AHEC Job Opportunities and Internships
For more information:  Opportunities

  Interested in working in Health Care?   Just  Graduated?
Consider opportunities at Community HealthCorps
For more information, see their flyer
Check out their website:

Other STEM Events

Interested in biomedical engineering?  Have an entrepreneurial bent?  Consider Mechanical & Manufacturing Technologies for Energy & Sustainability (MET2) Program.   Students will spend two weeks in the winter learning project management skills, team dynamics, and more.   Following presentations by company representatives,  each team of students will pick a real-world project, and spend 100 hours designing over the course of the spring designing a product or solution, with the help of a mentor.
Deadline for applications:  Early December.   Check the website for details
For more information, contact the MET2 staff.