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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 | December 14, 2022

Five UNLV graduates will be recognized by President Keith E. Whitfield during winter commencement for their combination of academic excellence and service to the community.

microscopic images of bacteria
Research | September 20, 2022

The SeqCode is a universal system, created through collaboration of hundreds of scientists, to formally register and name single-celled microorganisms known as prokaryotes. 

Carla Madelaire smiles as she gives a presentation.
People | August 4, 2022

Carla Madelaire’s research on how animals cope with environmental challenges wins her the UNLV Office of Postdoctoral Affairs’ inaugural award.


Remember sculptor Claes Oldenburg who created UNLV's iconic Flashlight sculpture this month.
Campus News | August 3, 2022

A collection of news stories highlighting university experts’ insights on and contributions to health, environment, and society.

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Research | July 26, 2022

Scholarships and career-readiness support help talented students succeed at UNLV and beyond.

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People | May 24, 2022

Kirk Kerkorian School of Medicine student Jacob Villarama took a year off to pray and contemplate which career path to follow.

Life Sciences In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
January 2, 2023

The team of UNLV microbiologists set up their equipment in the end of a pipe connected to a natural spring, hoping to filter some of the smallest known living things out of the nearly 4,000-year-old water.

PV Magazine
October 17, 2022

One study conducted at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas found that solar farms provide better habitat than the wide-open desert.

Las Vegas Review Journal
September 30, 2022

Tourists aren’t the only ones attracted to the bright lights of the Strip. Grasshoppers have flown into the Las Vegas Valley — not to gamble, but to nosh on vegetation brought by the summer’s late monsoon season.

September 28, 2022

When millions of grasshoppers swarmed the Las Vegas valley a few years ago, tourist and locals alike were taken by surprise. During 2019’s infestation, Channel 13 talked with people who couldn’t stand the sight of the creatures or the crunch sound of dead grasshoppers being walked on.

Swift Telecast
September 21, 2022

What’s in a name? For microorganisms, apparently a lot. Prokaryotes are single-celled microorganisms—bacteria are an example—that are abundant the world over. They exist in the oceans, in soils, in extreme environments like hot springs, and even alongside and inside other organisms including humans.

True Viral News
September 21, 2022

Current regulations of the International Code of Nomenclature of Prokaryotes require new species to be grown in a lab and distributed as pure and viable cultures. To prove it, you have to have more than one specimen. A team of scientists presented a new system, the SeqCode, and a corresponding registration portal in an article published in the journal Nature Microbiology.

Life Sciences Experts

An expert on bacterial gene regulation and bacterial pathogens, including E. coli, Shigella, and Salmonella. 
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 hibernation, pupfish, evolution, and cellular biology.
An expert on mutagenesis, DNA repair, and bacterial genetics.

Recent Life Sciences Accomplishments

November 30, 2022
Yang Jiao (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Lingkun Gu (Life Sciences), Yingtao Jiang (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Mo Weng (Life Sciences), and Mei Yang (Electrical and Computer Engineering) published a paper titled, "Digitally predicting protein localization and manipulating protein activity in fluorescence images using 4D…
September 13, 2022
NFT Las Vegas™ is a blockchain and Web 3.0 company created by UNLV student Quincey Lee (Biological Science). Lee is aiming to build NFT Las Vegas™ as a monumental backbone for the city, helping provide individuals' resources, education, and opportunities in the Web 3.0 space to obtain financial freedom.   NFT Las Vegas™ has become the gateway…
August 24, 2022
The National Science Foundation EPSCoR Program awarded Levent Atici (Undergraduate Research), Sarah Harris (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Eduardo Robleto (Life Sciences), and Kurt Regner (Life Sciences) a Research Infrastructure Improvement grant in the amount of $999,955 for the project titled "Enhancing the Transition of COVID-19…
August 24, 2022
Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) was awarded a four-year $747,500 National Institutes of Health grant titled, "Regulation of Eye Regrowth in Xenopus laevis." The goal of this grant is to understand the mechanisms of eye regeneration. She was also awarded a Research Infrastructure grant from the Nevada NASA Space Grant Consortium to study the role of…
July 21, 2022
Kelly Tseng, (Life Sciences) is the recipient of a new sponsored research program with Provectus Biopharmaceuticals, a clinical-stage biotechnology company. The project is to investigate and characterize the effects of Provectus' drug product on vertebrate tissue regeneration and repair.
July 12, 2022
David G. Costa (Mathematical Sciences) and Paul Schulte (Life Sciences) have signed a contract regarding the publication of a book titled "An Invitation to Mathematical Biology" that is planned to appear in "Springer Nature".