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 (depression), 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

June 28, 2021
For thousands of years, humans have used psychedelics for religious and therapeutic purposes. And yet, mainstream medicine has been skeptical of—if not downright hostile to—this class of drugs.
March 11, 2021
Psychedelic healing may sound like a fad from the Woodstock era, but it's a field of study that's gaining traction in the medical community as an effective treatment option for a growing number of mental health conditions.
August 9, 2018
Researchers have identified which brain proteins might be most influential in controlling neural activity associated with epilepsy and anxiety, paving the way for better prevention and treatments someday.

Articles Featuring Dustin Hines

Rochelle and Dustin Hines standing in white lab coats
Research | March 8, 2021
UNLV neuroscientists Dustin and Rochelle Hines join rising number of researchers studying possible medical benefits of psychedelics; their work on brain activity recently published by Nature: Scientific Reports.
brain circuitry outlined in blue lights
Research | August 9, 2018
UNLV, Tufts University, and international research team offers new clues about which key proteins in the brain play a role in controlling epilepsy, anxiety, and other disorders.
Kayla Bland, a participant in UNLV's Journey program examining a microscope slide.
Business and Community | July 31, 2017
UNLV is a host site for the federally-funded Journey program, which puts Native American and other minority high school students interested in health research into college labs.
Dustin and Rochelle Hines
Research | June 8, 2017
Husband-and-wife team Dustin and Rochelle Hines research brain cells in their quest for solutions to degenerative diseases and developmental disorders.