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Life Sciences Professor Martin Schiller to Lead QHS Initiative

Posted: July 22, 2014

Life sciences professor Martin R. Schiller has been appointed executive director of the new UNLV Quantitative Health Sciences Initiative.

The appointment is being announced by the Office of the President, the Office of the Executive Vice President and Provost, and the Vice President for Research and Economic Development.

“Dr. Schiller brings extensive expertise to the leadership of this initiative,” said UNLV Vice President for Research and Economic Development Thomas Piechota. “He will help advance an initiative that will bring greater attention to the university’s important role in the health of our community and state.”

Previous to joining UNLV in 2009, Schiller served on the faculty of The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. He also held postdoctoral fellowships at the University of Maryland College Park and the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences, and he has served as a faculty member at the University of Connecticut Health Center. His research is focused on short functional peptides, bioinformatics, and HIV.

Schiller’s research has resulted in 60 publications supported primarily by 14 research grants from the National Institutes of Health. He has received a number of awards, produced a suite of bioinformatics tools, and is involved in commercialization of several of his research projects. Schiller holds a bachelor of science degree from Hofstra University and a Ph.D. in biochemistry from Utah State University.

The Quantitative Health Sciences Initiative is designed to build excellence and research services at the university and in the state by leveraging industry partnerships, current strengths at UNLV, and existing infrastructure. The initiative will create much-needed capacity in the areas of data analytics, bioinformatics, and biostatistics, and it will create a centralized expertise cluster at UNLV that will facilitate collaboration on health and medical issues.

The Quantitative Health Sciences Initiative is supported by a $2.5 million grant from the Nevada Governor’s Office of Economic Development. The State of Nevada’s Knowledge Fund, which was created by the Nevada Legislature, seeks to promote research and the commercialization of that research in areas the state has targeted for economic growth.

“I look forward to leading the Quantitative Health Sciences Initiative,” Schiller said, noting that the initiative will be a consortium of UNLV scientists working cooperatively with the goal of advancing applied biomedical science primarily for the purpose of improving health care.