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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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Research | December 3, 2021

Program helps get undergraduates back into UNLV's labs and centers and working alongside faculty mentors.

People | December 3, 2021

An immigrant herself, Aziza Dhalai says she remembers how scary it can be to arrive in a new country.

A man sits on a hill near a stream
People | October 12, 2021

Volunteerism was an essential part of College of Sciences Alumnus of the Year Zane Marshall's career path.

two doctors in scrubs around dental chair
People | September 8, 2021

UNLV School of Dental Medicine names Drs. Jesse Falk and Michael Moody its Alumni of the Year.

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People | July 16, 2021

Artist Danielle Eames turns to medical school at age 32.

People | July 13, 2021

UNLV Alumni Association affinity club helps develop networks between students and alumni and build bridges for career development.

Life Sciences In The News

The Blade
October 28, 2021

Metroparks Toledo now has scientific evidence to prove two of its more controversial decisions in recent years — culling deer and removing non-native trees, including pines — have paid dividends in terms of expanded, diversified, and healthier plant growth.

Yahoo!
October 28, 2021

Metroparks Toledo now has scientific evidence to prove two of its more controversial decisions in recent years — culling deer and removing non-native trees, including pines — have paid dividends in terms of expanded, diversified, and healthier plant growth.

Houston Chronicle
October 21, 2021

Food and oxygen are scarce on deep space flights. Time is plentiful.

Detroit Free Press
October 1, 2021

The murder hornets that have been making headlines and both terrifying and fascinating the public can be as deadly as their nickname implies, but their true threat is to honeybee populations, rather than people.

MobiHealthNews
September 20, 2021

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine awarded $4 million to researchers studying how to protect the body from damage in space by reducing metabolism.

SpaceRef
September 20, 2021

The Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at Baylor College of Medicine grants nearly $4 million in awards to four outstanding researcher teams in response to its Biomedical Research Advances for Space Health (BRASH) 2101 solicitation.

Life Sciences Experts

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Nora Caberoy is an expert on eye diseases, specifically the factors and pathways associated with damage of the retina. 
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An expert in insect physiology and evolution.
An expert on bacterial gene regulation and bacterial pathogens, including E. coli, Shigella, and Salmonella. 

Recent Life Sciences Accomplishments

November 23, 2021
Vanessa Booth (Political Science) and Aaron Cheng (Life Sciences and Psychology), both undergraduate researchers, are the recipients of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award in the arts and health and natural sciences, respectively. Each year during the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR)...
November 23, 2021
Erin Cassin (Life Sciences), a graduate student, was named a 2022 K. Patricia Cross Future Leader by the Association of American Colleges & Universities. She is one of eight people internationally who are selected for this honor.
November 16, 2021
Jeffery Shen (Life Sciences) has published, along with two other authors, “Dual activities of ACC synthase: Novel clues regarding the molecular evolution of ACS genes” in the journal Science Advances. The paper reports a paradigm-shifting discovery regarding the molecular evolution of ethylene biosynthesis genes in a time course of over 450...
October 28, 2021
Manoj Sharma (Environmental and Occupational Health) presented two posters at the American Public Health Association’s 149th annual meeting held as a hybrid virtually and in Denver.  The first presentation was “Technology Use to Improve Social Connectedness among Older Adults during COVID-19: Enhancing Educational Interventions,” and second one...
October 12, 2021
Frank van Breukelen, Helen Wing and Christy Strong (all Life Sciences) have been informed that their application for a Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship award has been funded.  The GAANN program provides fellowships to assist graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial...
September 10, 2021
Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences) co-authored a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences with collaborators from New York University, Princeton University, and Oxford Nanopore Technologies.  Their paper, "Ancestral polymorphisms shape the adaptive radiation of Metrosideros across the Hawaiian Islands" presents the first...