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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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People | May 23, 2019

This professor was inspired by a mentor while in college and now tries to do the same for UNLV students.

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Campus News | May 20, 2019

More than 3,000 newly minted UNLV Grads cross the Thomas & Mack Center stage during Spring 2019 Commencement.

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People | May 15, 2019

UNLV president will highlight exceptional students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

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Research | May 1, 2019

This Research & Creative Honors Program participant found her research mission early in life and has been pursuing it ever since.

Kayce Singer working in a science lab.
Research | May 1, 2019

Hands-on experience to complement classroom learning helped this Research & Creative Honors Program participant understand — and love — biology even more.

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People | April 24, 2019

Dr. Constantine George says taking a page from the state’s leading industry would benefit the medical industry.

Life Sciences In The News

Hermann Herald
March 4, 2019

Martin Schiller is the founder of Heligenics and executive director of UNLV‘s Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
February 20, 2019

A UNLV startup is using genes to create personalized diets.

Zócalo Public Square
February 8, 2019

At first, there was no road at all, just a series of springs where the water table breached the earth’s crust.

Las Vegas Review Journal
February 4, 2019

Your genes may hold clues to your optimal diet plan.

That’s what UNLV researcher Martin Schiller advocates with his new business, Food Genes and Me, a website that uses genetic data to predict how eating less or more of a certain food could help ward off disease.

Las Vegas Sun
January 22, 2019

Separate threads of Oscar Monterrosa’s life tied together Oct. 1, 2017, in Las Vegas.

His time as a combat medic in the Iraq War, his high school days as a lifeguard in Northern California and later Oregon, his studies at UNLV, the classes he teaches and his job as a paramedic for Community Ambulance, a private paramedic company—all converged.

NBC News
November 14, 2018

Brian Hedlund and Ariel Friel collect microbes living for tens of thousands of years in the subsurface of the earth. By studying these microorganisms, they hope to gain clues about potential life on Mars and other planets.

Life Sciences Experts

Nora Caberoy is an expert on eye diseases, specifically the factors and pathways associated with damage of the retina. 
An expert in bioinformatics, virology, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's disease, and genetics.
An expert in ecology, fire management, and U.S. National Parks.
An expert on bacterial gene regulation and bacterial pathogens, including E. coli, Shigella, and Salmonella. 
An expert on desert ecology and climate change.

Recent Life Sciences Accomplishments

May 16, 2019
Kelly Tseng, Cindy Kha, and Dylan Guerin (all Life Sciences) published a research article, "Using the Xenopus Developmental Eye Regrowth System to Distinguish the Role of Developmental Versus Regenerative Mechanisms," in the journal Frontiers in Physiology. This study addressed the role of developmental mechanisms in regenerating eye tissues after...
May 14, 2019
Elizabeth Stacy and Tomoko Sakishima (both Life Sciences) authored a paper in press for the Journal of Biogeography, "Phylogeography of the Highly Dispersible Landscape-dominant Woody Species Complex, Metrosideros, in Hawaii." They carried out a population genetic analysis of >1,500 adults of Hawaii's dominant tree from across the archipelago...
May 1, 2019
Dylan Guerin (Life Sciences), was featured as the "Visitor of the Week" by Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories on Long Island, New York. A doctoral student in the research group of professor Kelly Tseng, Guerin was selected to attend the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories' course on Cell & Developmental Biology of Xenopus and received a Howard Hughes...
April 25, 2019
Melissa Schofield and Muneeba Ahmed (both Life Sciences)  were recognized for their outstanding presentations at the 2019 AZ-NV American Society for Microbiology branch meeting. Schofield, a doctoral student in Boo Shan Tseng's lab, received the top prize for graduate student oral presentation. Ahmed, an undergraduate researcher in Brian Hedlund's...
April 23, 2019
Boo Shan Tseng (Life Sciences) was awarded a Cystic Fibrosis Foundation pilot grant, entitled "Suppressors of mucA essentiality in Pseudomonas aeruginosa." She, with her team of undergraduate and graduate students, will use this two-year, $107,290 award to study why the gene mucA, is required for bacteria to survive. This bacterial gene is...
April 23, 2019
Elizabeth Stacy and Donald Price , along with doctorate candidate Tomoko Sakishima published "Multiple Colonizations, Hybridization and Uneven Diversification in Cyrtandra (Gesneriaceae) Lineages on Hawai'i Island" in the Journal of Biogeography.  This work used variation at nine single-copy nuclear genes in this species-rich plant genus to...