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

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.
Many people with depression, anxiety, or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) benefit from psychedelic drug treatments, clinical trials show. Psychedelic drugs affect thinking, emotion, and perception by binding to and activating the serotonin receptor
The Dales Report
Shadd Dales is joined by career brain researchers and husband-wife team behind Tessellate, a project designed to advance development of mental health psychedelic therapeutics.
Repeated use of small quantities of the psychedelic substance psilocybin can improve mood and mental health, a new study suggests.

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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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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