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School of Life Sciences News

Life sciences involves studies of living organisms and their life processes, including their evolution, and their relationships with other living organisms and our planet. Courses and programs are designed for those students pursuing professional careers in medicine, science, and science education.

Current Life Sciences News

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Campus News | July 2, 2020

A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.

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Campus News | June 11, 2020

A collection of stories featuring UNLV’s continued flexibility and adaptability in the face of COVID-19.

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Research | June 8, 2020

UNLV microbiologist Brian Hedlund among 119 to join consensus statement published in the journal Nature Microbiology.

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Campus News | May 28, 2020

Undergraduate Francisco Valenzuela spearheaded drives that resulted in the donation of more than 7,500 pairs of socks and underwear to The Shade Tree.

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Business and Community | May 27, 2020
The university recognizes faculty and student for their work to improve the wellbeing of Southern Nevadans.
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Campus News | May 19, 2020

As daily life around the country came to a sudden halt in March, UNLV rapidly reconfigured the rhythms of its day-to-day operations and lent its considerable expertise to fighting the virus in Nevada.

Life Sciences In The News

August 6, 2020

United States authorities are trying to eradicate Asian giant wasps , which are often dubbed killer wasps . However, the wasp which was first reported to appear there at the end of 2019 is feared to spread throughout the country and become a permanent species.

August 4, 2020

Asian giant hornets have the potential to spread across the United States and establish a permanent presence in the country, experts have told Newsweek.

July 22, 2020

A cave deep in the wilderness of central Nevada is a repository of evidence supporting the urgent need for the Southwestern U.S. to adopt targets aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a new UNLV study finds.

Science Daily
July 22, 2020

A cave deep in the wilderness of central Nevada is a repository of evidence supporting the urgent need for the Southwestern U.S. to adopt targets aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions, a new UNLV study finds.

Las Vegas Sun
July 21, 2020

Nearly three weeks since a 5-month-old pup died of toxic shock after a dip in the Virgin River at Zion National Park, park and health officials are still puzzled how the deadly organisms wound up in the waters.

House Beautiful
June 18, 2020

Picture this: you’re sitting in your backyard, enjoying the sunshine, maybe sipping a lemonade. Then WHAM! A large, fast bug whizzes past your head. If that bug is a horsefly, you can worry a little bit. But if that bug is a dragonfly, fret not—it’s one of the best insects to have around, especially because they’ll eat up all the mosquitos. “Dragonflies love to eat mosquitoes and gnats and can help cut down on them,” says Allen Gibbs, an insect expert and life science professor at the University of Las Vegas.

Life Sciences Experts

An expert in insect physiology and evolution.
An expert on bacterial gene regulation and bacterial pathogens, including E. coli, Shigella, and Salmonella. 
An expert on mutagenesis, DNA repair, and bacterial genetics.
Nora Caberoy is an expert on eye diseases, specifically the factors and pathways associated with damage of the retina. 
An expert on desert ecology and climate change.
An expert in bioinformatics, virology, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's disease, and genetics.

Recent Life Sciences Accomplishments

July 27, 2020
Cindy X. Kha (Life Sciences) was selected by the Nevada Space Grant Consortium to receive the prestigious Nevada NASA Space Grant Graduate Research Opportunity Fellowship for 2020-21. This highly selective award is focused on innovation through projects that will generate advancements in STEM that will directly contribute to NASA’s current and...
May 19, 2020
Anjala S. Krishen (Marketing & International Business) had a paper, "Harnessing the Waiting Experience: Anticipation, Expectations, and WOM," accepted in Journal of Services Marketing. This interdisciplinary work was conducted in collaboration with the Shark Reef Exhibit at Mandalay Bay and co-authored with Brian Robison and two UNLV doctoral...
May 5, 2020
The Graduate College is pleased to announce its 2019-20 award winners.  UNLV Graduate College Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Awards Each year the Graduate College presents four awards for outstanding theses and dissertations (within each category, one for STEM and one for non-STEM). This year’s winners are: Outstanding Thesis (STEM...
May 4, 2020
Natalie Johns (Biochemsistry) was recognized for an abstract that she submitted to the American Society of Radiation Oncologists (ASTRO). A senior, Johns was selected to present her work, "Comics for Pediatric Oncology Patients & Families: Education & Empowerment," at the annual meeting in October in Miami. The abstract was one of 280...
May 1, 2020
The Graduate College is pleased to announce the Spring 2020 Graduate College Medallion recipients. Graduate College Medallion recipients are exceptionally involved during their time as graduate students at UNLV. Medallions are given in the semester students graduate.  This semester's recipients are: Austin McKenna, Biological...
April 14, 2020
Donald Price (Life Sciences) recently published two scientific articles describing research aimed at understanding the genomic changes that are associated with the invasion of the fruit fly, Drosophila suzukii.  D. suzukii is originally from Asia, established in Hawaii in the 1980’, and recently expanded into the Americas and Europe. Unlike most...