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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 | September 4, 2019

Inspired by a '00s movie and a grandfather she never met, Alexis Hilts found her path to medical school.

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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.

Life Sciences In The News

Las Vegas Sun
September 19, 2019

Las Vegas’ nearest island is hundreds of miles away. But a “sky island” can be found right in the city’s backyard. The Spring Mountains, particularly the area near Mount Charleston, are a hotbed of biodiversity, with an estimated 28 species of endemic plants, animals and insects, according to the U.S. Forest Service.

KSNV-TV: News 3
August 23, 2019

It’s officially an outbreak. There are more West Nile cases in Southern Nevada this year than ever before and mosquito season is far from over.

Las Vegas Sun
August 5, 2019

For generations, summer in Nevada has meant fire season. These days, it’s more accurate to call it a fire year.

KSNV-TV: News 3
July 29, 2019

The grasshopper invasion of the Las Vegas Valley is well underway.

NBC News
July 29, 2019

A grasshopper swarm in the Las Vegas Valley of Nevada has been so thick at times that the National Weather Service warned motorists it could impact visibility on area roads.

Hermann Herald
March 4, 2019

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

Life Sciences Experts

An expert on desert ecology and climate change.
An expert in bioinformatics, virology, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's disease, and genetics.
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.
An expert on bacterial gene regulation and bacterial pathogens, including E. coli, Shigella, and Salmonella. 

Recent Life Sciences Accomplishments

August 21, 2019
Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) has her work featured in the newest (12th) edition of Gilbert’s Developmental Biology, the discipline’s foundational textbook.  The Tseng lab works to identify mechanisms of organ regeneration using the Xenopus (African clawed frog) model.
August 20, 2019
Robin Kee (Life Sciences) was selected as scholar in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP). The UGSP is a highly competitive program with approximately 300 nationwide applications received and 10 students chosen as UGSP Scholars for the 2019-20 academic year. Kee's selection as a UGSP Scholar speaks...
July 31, 2019
MaryKay Orgill and Sarah York (both Chemistry and Biochemistry) wrote a research article that was published in the Journal of Chemical Education and also was selected to be featured in American Chemical Society (ACS) Editors' Choice. The selection of these articles is based on recommendations by the scientific editors of ACS journals from around...
July 30, 2019
Eddy Hernandez (Life Sciences), a senior majoring in biology, was awarded a 2019 Station1 Frontiers Fellowship, which is a unique and prestigious 10-week residential summer science and technology education, research, and internship program based in the Boston area. He was selected from more than 800 applicants across the nation and the world as a...
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...