Richard Tillett

Biostatistician, Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine
Expertise: DNA Sequencing, Molecular Biology, Bioinformatics


Richard L. Tillett is an expert in DNA sequencing, molecular biology, and bioinformatics.

As a biostatistician with the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine at UNLV, Tillett works to support and advance genomic studies and projects. Most recently, Tillett studied the genomic identities and spread of SARS-CoV-2, or COVID-19, in the state of Nevada. His previous research has examined the genome assembly of pathogens of the desert tortoise, and the identification of novel sequence variants associated with patient outcomes in HIV cases.

Tillett also works with life scientists to demystify bioinformatic methods into applicable results.

Prior to joining UNLV, Tillett was a postdoctoral researcher at the Nevada Center for Bioinformatics. His research has been published in a variety of journals including Functional & Integrative Genomics, the Journal of Experimental Botany, and BMC Genomics.


  • Ph.D., Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Nevada, Reno
  • B.S., Biochemistry, University of Nevada, Reno

Richard Tillett In The News

Cambridge Independent
November 20, 2020
Although patients who recover from Covid-19 will hope to have developed antibodies conferring protection against the virus, there remain questions about immunity and how long it lasts.
Los Angeles Times
October 13, 2020
If you were counting on a coronavirus infection to keep you safe from COVID-19 without having to get a vaccine, scientists have some bad news: It won’t work.

Articles Featuring Richard Tillett

Campus NewsNovember 5, 2020
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