Edwin Oh

Associate Professor, Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV
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 influenza, 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 Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine at UNLV, 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

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K.V.V.U. T.V. Fox 5
“This is probably the first time to our knowledge that a program like this has been deployed in an urban city looking at storm drains where individuals are living in these areas,” said Edwin Oh, Ph.D., associate professor at the UNLV School of Medicine.
Las Vegas Review Journal
Wastewater is an early warning system for COVID and other diseases, and a collaborative effort in Nevada appears to be the first in the nation to detect a new strain of the disease — known as FLiRT.
K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
A rising health concern in our valley is mainly affecting 20 to 25 year olds. We're talking about sexually transmitted diseases. STD levels for that age group have doubled since last year. UNLV's wastewater testing program is now monitoring sexually transmitted diseases. Channel 13's Abel Garcia sat down with the program leader to find out more about their efforts to prevent the problem from becoming worse.
K.T.N.V. T.V. ABC 13
COVID-19 is still a concern nationwide. And now, two new variants are showing up here in the valley. Scientists have nicknamed the new variants FLIRT after their mutations.

Articles Featuring Edwin Oh

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Campus News | September 1, 2022

A roundup of prominent news stories highlighting university pride, research, and community collaboration.

Edwin Oh
Business and Community | August 9, 2022

UNLV infectious disease expert Edwin Oh on the potential role of wastewater surveillance and interagency, cross-jurisdictional collaboration in preventing another pandemic.