Edwin Oh

Associate Professor, School of Medicine
Associate Professor, Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine
Expertise: Functional Genomics, Infectious Diseases, Schizophrenia and Autism, Personalized Medicine, Addiction


Dr. Edwin Oh is an expert in neurogenetics, whose primary research examines the genetic and structural variants that contribute to human health and disease. He studies genetic mutations to improve the cellular and molecular diagnosis of genetic diseases and to enable the development of therapeutic paradigms.

His current research program involves screening wastewater for the presence of the SARS-COV-2 virus (COVID-19), and sequencing the RNA of the virus to contribute to future vaccine development. He's also an expert in schizophrenia, autism, and addiction.

Prior to joining UNLV as an associate professor in the School of Medicine, Dr. Oh served as an assistant professor in the department of neurology at Duke University. He also completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins University.

His research has been published in myriad journals including Blood, Human Molecular Genetics, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


  • Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Michigan

Edwin Oh In The News

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
February 19, 2021
Scientists want to study the spread of COVID-19 as Clark County Schools return to in-person learning, and plan to take wastewater samples from schools.
KSNV-TV: News 3
February 18, 2021
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, a team of researchers at UNLV has conducted wastewater surveillance to understand more about the prevalence of the virus in the community.
KVVU-TV: Fox 5
February 9, 2021
Scientists at University of Nevada, Las Vegas have detected traces of the more infectious U.K. COVID-19 variant in wastewater samples across the Las Vegas Valley, suggesting the new strain of the virus has spread to an unknown number of people in the region.
December 4, 2020
Scientists and public health officials are constantly on the lookout for new strains of COVID-19.

Articles Featuring Edwin Oh

Campus News | March 11, 2021
A collection of news stories highlighting the experts and events at UNLV.
medical worker in full protective suit making "LV" sign with hands
Business and Community | December 31, 2020
As the pandemic tightened its grip on Nevada, the nation, and the world, UNLV responded in ways big and small. Members of the media also turned to UNLV's faculty experts for answers.
UNLV researcher Edwin Oh holds a pipette in his lab on campus
Research | November 20, 2020
UNLV researcher Edwin Oh and collaborators implement wastewater surveillance programs to supplement coronavirus contact tracing efforts, help prevent outbreaks.
Portrait Edwin Oh
People | May 7, 2018
This neuroscientist joined UNLV to discover how DNA contributes to disease development or prevention.