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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

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

Recent Life Sciences Accomplishments

July 9, 2019
Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) was a speaker at the BioEM 2019 Conference, the joint annual meeting of the Bioelectromagnetics Society and the European BioElectromagnetics Association, in Montpellier, France, in June. Her talk was titled "Bioelectrical Signaling Regulates Eye Regeneration." She presented the findings of her laboratory group on the...
June 21, 2019
Yang Jiao (Electrical and Computer Engineering) recently presented a paper at Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition 2019 about object tracking in 3D fluorescence volumes. The paper is based on work done by Jiao in collaboration with Mei Yang (Electrical and Computer Engineering) and Mo Weng (Life Science). This work targets the challenge of 3D...
June 4, 2019
Donald Price (Life Sciences) was part of a team including scientists from Harvard, Bishop Museum, Louisiana State University, UC Davis, and the University of Hawaii that recently published an article in Current Biology titled "Reproductive Capacity Evolves in Response to Ecology through Common Changes in Cell Number in Hawaiian Drosophila."  They...
June 3, 2019
Joy A. McKenna (Life Sciences) was selected by the Graduate College to receive the first place 2018-19 UNLV Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award, which is a highly selective and prestigious award recognizing a strong commitment to outstanding pedagogy and successful experiences thus far with undergraduate instruction at UNLV. McKenna...
May 28, 2019
Elizabeth Stacy and Donald Price (both Life Sciences), along with two former graduate students from the Stacy lab, have a paper in press, "Varieties of the Highly Dispersible and Hypervariable Tree, Metrosideros polymorpha, Differ in Response to Mechanical Stress and Light Across a Sharp Ecotone" in the American Journal of Botany. This study...
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...