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School of Life Sciences News

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

Current Life Sciences News

Spring Flowers (Becca Schwartz)
Campus News |

A roundup of the top news stories featuring UNLV students and faculty.

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Research |

UNLV-led grant project creates a hub for faculty across the country to share resources, learn, and collaborate with each other.

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Research |

International team explores how our cells detect and destroy disease-causing proteins with specificity; findings published Feb. 20 in the journal Molecular Cell.

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UNLV History |

The late biology professor documented the history of Southern Nevada through its plants.

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People |

This administrative assistant left a career in medical education to learn something new, and then found the School of Life Sciences.

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Campus News |

Science fiction meets reality in this biology lab course that uses mutant enzymes to transform students into scientists.

Life Sciences In The News

KTNV-TV: ABC 13

At the Center for Urban Water Conservation, you’ll find over 500 fruit trees, grapevines, herb gardens and vegetable beds. It's the Research Garden & Demonstration Orchard for University of Nevada Extension, which also works in partnership with UNLV.

VOI

To minimize the use of plastic as a single-use packaging, alternatively, if you have to use a plastic bag, a rubber bag can be an alternative if you are stuck. Indeed, it is better to accommodate frozen food or stored in a refrigerator with an air-tight food container. But so that you can store a lot of piles, you can use the plastic bag bank used many times. However, microbiologists suggest the following.

Moab Sun News

Here on the Colorado Plateau, old-growth juniper and pinyon pine trees can live for 1,000 years. Can these ancient trees remember things that happened to them years ago? Science Moab explored this enchanting question with Drew Peltier, an assistant professor at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Drew is a tree ecophysiologist interested in how climate influences tree growth in our changing world. He does this by studying what he calls “memory” in trees.

Parade

Get ready for a noisy summer: Double the normal amount of cicadas are predicted to emerge this year. Melodramatically dubbed by some as a "cicada apocalypse," there is a reason why we're going to see so many of them in 2024. Find out everything to know about why there will be so many cicadas in 2024 (AKA a double-brood!), how many cicadas to expect and which states they'll hit the hardest.

Parade

Get ready for a noisy summer: Double the normal amount of cicadas are predicted to emerge this year. Melodramatically dubbed by some as a "cicada apocalypse," there is a reason why we're going to see so many of them in 2024. Find out everything to know about why there will be so many cicadas in 2024 (AKA a double-brood!), how many cicadas to expect and which states they'll hit the hardest.

City Cast Las Vegas

Yesterday, the feds signaled their approval for a long-awaited agreement between the Colorado River states — collectively, the lower basin states (Arizona, California, and Nevada) will reduce our water use by 3 million acre-feet by 2026. The hope is that we’ll be able to replenish our crucial reservoirs, including Lake Mead, the source of 90% of our city’s water. But damming rivers to create reservoirs isn’t without problems. So… was creating Lake Mead in the first place a mistake? Today, we’re bringing back a conversation co-host Dayvid Figler had with UNLV hydrologist Dr. David Kreamer, who explains the history of Lake Mead’s creation and why reservoirs can be so essential for cities — but also controversial.

Life Sciences Experts

An expert on hibernation, pupfish, evolution, and cellular biology.
Nora Caberoy is an expert on eye diseases, specifically the factors and pathways associated with damage of the retina. 
An expert in conservation biology, phylogeography, and ecology.  
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 in insect physiology and evolution.

Recent Life Sciences Accomplishments

Chad Cross (Epidemiology and Biostatistics), Louisa Messenger (Environmental and Occupational Health), and Sean Neiswenter (Life Sciences) were selected to receive a UNLV 2024 Faculty Opportunity Award for their project titled, "Emerging Parasitic & Vector-Borne Diseases: Disease Ecology from a One Health Perspective." The Faculty…
Noehealani Antolin (Public Health), Manoj Sharma (Public Health), Gabriela Buccini (Public Health), Chad Cross (Public Health), Eduardo Robleto (Life Sciences), Jason Flatt (Public Health) gave an oral presentation on "Understanding Fruit and Vegetables Consumption Behaviors Among Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander College…
Jessica Grifaldo (Life Sciences), Erin Cassin (Life Sciences), Dengxun Lai (Life Sciences), Landon Netherton (Life Sciences), Efren Heredia (Chemistry), Ryan Doss (Life Sciences), and Monika Karney (Life Sciences) all won prizes for their oral or poster presentations at the Regional American Society for Microbiology Meeting that was held in the…
Chad Cross (Epidemiology and Biostatistics) and Allen Gibbs (Life Sciences) were interviewed for an article titled, "'Double' the Amount of Cicadas Are Coming This Spring in Once-in-200-Year-Event—And These 2 States Will Be Hit the Hardest" by Parade magazine. Cross and Gibbs discussed why there are so many cicadas this year, how many there will…
Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences) coauthored the recent publication, "Toward the integration of speciation research," in the Evolutionary Journal of the Linnean Society. This paper outlines the major roadblocks to — and potential solutions for — both the integration of the many subfields of speciation biology and the entry into these…
An undergraduate student researcher in the laboratory of Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences), Karla Akari Garcia (Nevada State University) won the 1st Place Undergraduate Poster Presentation Award at the 2024 Southwest Regional Meeting of the Society of Developmental Biology. Garcia presented her research findings on identifying conserved mechanisms in…