Dustin Hines

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
Expertise: Neuroscience, Human behavior, Nervous system, Alzheimer's disease, Traumatic brain injury, Stroke, Molecular genetics, Biochemistry


Dustin Hines is an assistant professor of neuroscience in UNLV's psychology department. His expertise focuses on understanding brain function, how its cells interact to influence behavior, and supportive mechanisms within the central and peripheral nervous systems.

Hines is a co-director of the Hines Group Comprehensive Neuroscience Lab, which has pioneered the study of non-neuronal cells, known as glial cells, in the processing of information for behavioral output. His research has examined the role that glial cells play under normal and abnormal conditions, which include neuropsychiatric disorders (such as depression and PTSD), traumatic brain injury, stroke, and Alzheimer's disease. Other studies have investigated the roles of astrocytes in complex behaviors such as cognition and attention, as well as in sleep disorders and other conditions. Most recently, the lab has delved into the possible medical benefits of psychedelics.

In addition to research and teaching, Hines mentors and oversees research by high school, undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral students. In 2021, his lab received funding from the National Institutes of Health for an initiative to improve collaborative biomedical research efforts in the American West. 


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Ph.D., Neuroscience, University of British Columbia

Dustin Hines In The News

Actor Chris Hemsworth announced that the results of a genetic test he took have revealed that he is at higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease because he has two copies of the APOE4 gene.
Psychedelics Today
In this episode, Joe interviews the Co-Founders of Tesselate Therapeutics: Dr. Rochelle Hines, Ph.D. (also the CEO and an Associate Professor at UNLV), and Dr. Dustin Hines, Ph.D. (the CSO as well as an Assistant Professor at UNLV).
Las Vegas Weekly
For decades, mainstream culture has associated psychedelics with impairing the mind rather than improving it. But advocates, researchers and officials are starting to paint a different picture—that substances including magic mushrooms, mescaline, LSD and MDMA can actually help treat serious mental health issues.
High Times
A new study from researchers at the University of North Carolina has determined that genetic variations in a serotonin receptor may be responsible for the varying effects of psychedelic drugs for different people.

Articles Featuring Dustin Hines

Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

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Campus News | May 2, 2022

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April Contreras stands behind cacti.
People | March 31, 2022

Neuroscience Ph.D. student April Contreras is set to share her research on psychedelics and psychiatry at this year’s Inspiration, Innovation, Impact event

a teacher and student in a classroom
Campus News | March 7, 2022

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