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Personalized Medicine Accomplishments

May 1, 2017
Nemanja Novakovic (Sciences and Honors) is the 2017 UNLV undergraduate recipient of the Regents' Scholar Award. The award is bestowed upon one undergraduate student from each NSHE institution for their academic achievements, leadership ability, and service contributions. Each honoree receives a $5,000 stipend. Novakovic is pursuing a double major in biochemistry and biological sciences, with an emphasis in cell and molecular biology. He’s conducted applied bioinformatics and HIV research in the Schiller laboratory and the UNLV Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine, co-authoring three peer-reviewed publications in the process. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his undergraduate studies and has received several prestigious Honors College and university scholarships and awards. He also has provided support and guidance to incoming undergraduate students as an Honors College Bennet Mentor.  

Apr 11, 2017
Jingchun Chen (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) received a UNLV IDeA Pilot Grant in the amount of $69,300 for her pilot study to develop a cellular model of microglia for schizophrenia research. Microglia are a type of white blood cell found in the brain and spinal cord that provides immune defense to the central nervous system. The study seeks to establish induced microglia-like cells (iMGCs) from monocytes, another type of white blood cell, and validate iMGCs through their signature and function. This will help inform the design of future research studies on schizophrenia.

Mar 27, 2017
Martin Schiller (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) received a total of $185,000 from the National Institutes of Health for his project “A Novel High-Throughput Functional Screen Using Chimeric Minimotif Decoys.” Minimotifs (short stretches of amino acids found in cell proteins), along with the proteins comprising them, ensure proper cell function, and understanding how these functions are executed is critical to diagnosing and curing diseases such as cancer that develop due of protein misregulation. The funding will support the development and testing of a novel chimeric minimotif decoy screen that identifies the roles of various cellular functions at the molecular level.   

Feb 21, 2017
Qing Wu (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine and Environmental and Occupational Health) received a UNLV IDeA Pilot Grant in the amount of $70,389 for his pilot study to develop personalized bone mineral density reference values. The study seeks to determine how genetic factors contribute to normal bone mineral density variation in Caucasian women and identify the best genetics-enhanced statistical model for normal bone mineral density variation.  

Dec 1, 2015
Brian Hedlund (Life Sciences) recently received an $876,229 National Science Foundation grant for his project, "Collaborative Proposal: Biodiversity Discovery and Analysis of 'Aigarchaeota', a Globally Distributed But Poorly Understood Archaeal Lineage." The grant is for three years.