Medical Laboratory Sciences Faculty

All MLS program courses are taught by UConn faculty members who are also certified clinical laboratory scientists. The program has a dedicated graduate assistant who assists faculty and students in MLS courses. Additionally, our Allied Health Sciences main office staff are here to help answer any administrative questions or point you in the right direction.

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Bruce Blanchard, PhD

Dr. Bruce E. Blanchard, an Assistant Clinical Professor in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and director of the Medical Laboratory Sciences Program, is a certified medical laboratory scientist with a PhD in exercise science and a focus on cardiovascular risk factors. Integrating undergraduate and graduate student research, he offers training and expertise via various collaborative projects involving interdisciplinary teams that expand grant-funded efforts in health promotion. Former students who have worked under Dr. Blanchard's direction now actively contribute to healthcare and health promotion through clinical practice, research, and leadership. His current research interests and specialties include two main avenues of inquiry. First, research that examines established and emerging risk factors for cardiovascular disease and the metabolic syndrome in healthy and non-healthy populations, focusing on the roles that laboratory biomarkers (e.g. stress, inflammation, and the metabolic syndrome) and interventions/behavioral factors (e.g. diet and physical activity) play in modifying the risk of metabolic syndrome/cardiovascular disease. Secondly, studies involving hematological malignancies and genetic disorders with a focus on diagnosis, customized therapy/treatment, prognosis, and disease progression using numerous laboratory techniques. Dr. Blanchard has been recognized by the University for his outstanding mentorship and dedication to student success. His teaching interests and specialties are in the field of medical laboratory science with an emphasis on hematology, hemostasis, transfusion services, chemistry, and urinalysis/body fluids.


Denise Anamani, MA, I(ASCP) MBCM

Denise Anamani is a lecturer in the Department of Allied Health Sciences and the Director of the Diagnostic Genetic Sciences (DGS) Program. She is a graduate of Assumption College (Biology) and is an American Society for Clinical Pathologists (ASCP)-certified molecular laboratory technologist. Denise completed her graduate studies at Central Connecticut State University (Molecular Cell Biology) after many years working in the clinical laboratory. Her areas of expertise include molecular pathology, serology, and immunology.

As director of the DGS Program, Denise oversees the accreditation process with the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS). Her teaching responsibilities include didactic and laboratory courses in molecular diagnostics, cancer biology, and immunology. Among other duties, Denise oversees curriculum development and student placement for internships. She is very active in numerous professional organizations including the Association for Genetic Technologists. Denise is an honors advisor and a key faculty member for the Health Care Genetics Professional Science Master’s Program, while serving as an advisor, mentor and resource for students.


Graduate Assistant

Lauren M Lamberti Corso, MS 

Lauren is an Illinois native and earned her BS in medical laboratory science and MS in Kinesiology from UConn. She was also an undergraduate student-athlete, and member of the UConn women’s volleyball team. She is currently pursuing a PhD in health promotion sciences with a focus on physiological predictors of cardiometabolic health and weight gain.


Department of Allied Health Sciences Main Office Staff

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Administrative Services Assistant

Koons Hall, Room 228