Meet new faculty members Shuresh Ghimire and Dong-Hun Lee Naturally@UConn

This past July, Shuresh Ghimire joined the College vegetable extension educator at the Tolland County Extension Center. “The faculty and staff at the Tolland Office have been welcoming and willing to help,” he says. “I’m looking forward to working with farmers. One of my first goals is to conduct a need assessment. My focus will be to help vegetable growers identify problems and plan for management solutions that are IPM-based and sustainable.”

Ghimire earned a BS in agricultural sciences and an MS in horticulture at Tribhuvan University in Nepal. He worked as an adjunct assistant professor of horticulture at the Himalayan College of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Purbanchal University in Nepal, while serving as a horticulture development officer for the Department of Agriculture Ministry of Agricultural Development, a position similar to extension educator here at UConn.

In August, Dong-Hun Lee joined the Department of Pathobiology and Veterinary Science as an assistant professor. In his first year, he is focusing on infectious disease research. As a veterinarian and virologist, Lee’s work has centered on molecular epidemiology and pathogenicity of avian viruses, including next generation sequencing and vaccine development.

Lee earned his BS., Ph.D. and DVM. at Konkuk University in South Korea, where he was a research professor. He was then a visiting scholar at Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan in Canada. Lee came to the United States in 2014 and worked at the USDA National Poultry Research Center in Athens, Georgia, before accepting his position at UConn.

Lee and his family, his wife, a veterinarian and food microbiologist, and their eleven-month-old son, are enjoying the area surrounding Storrs. “It’s nice to have everything within reach,” he says. “We are able to travel to the mountains, beach, a fishing pier, shopping and cities, all within an hour or an hour-and-a-half. It’s a good place for science too. I’m able to collaborate with Brown, Yale and other universities nearby.”

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