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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

Student in white medical coat stands in front of medical equipment
People | November 4, 2019

A UNLV alum and current med school student says the Engelstad Scholars Program solidified his desire to help others.

A hand holds the lid to a petri dish while a dropper samples a liquid from it.
People | November 1, 2019

College of Sciences Alumnus of the Year Travis Huxman: Being a Rebel means having the courage to take a seat at any table.

A man walks through weeds
Research | October 29, 2019

UNLV’s reintroduction effort keeps leopard frog species off the endangered list.

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Arts and Culture | September 30, 2019

Researchers from the College of Sciences showcase the artistic side of science by featuring their most captivating research images.

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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.

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 in bioinformatics, virology, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's disease, and genetics.
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. 
Nora Caberoy is an expert on eye diseases, specifically the factors and pathways associated with damage of the retina. 
An expert on desert ecology and climate change.

Recent Life Sciences Accomplishments

October 23, 2019
Elizabeth Stacy and Tomoko Sakishima (both Life Sciences) have written a paper with coauthors Neil Snow of Pittsburgh State University and Heaven Tharp, an undergraduate student at the University of Hawaii, that recently was accepted for publication in the Journal of Heredity's Symposium Issue, "Origins of Adaptive Radiation." This issue features ...
October 2, 2019
Jef Jaeger (Life Sciences) and Anthony Waddle, '15 BS Biology, '17 MS Biology, were among an international team spearheaded by the Erica Rosenblum Lab at UC Berkeley that published “Cryptic Diversity of a Widespread Global Pathogen Reveals New Threats to Amphibian Conservation." The paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences...
September 30, 2019
Scott Abella (Life Sciences) received a three-year, $174,938 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's national plant conservation and restoration management program. The title of the award is "Identifying perennial species for restoration to establish native plant communities."  
September 27, 2019
Donald Price (Life Sciences) was part of a team including scientists from UC Berkeley, Purdue University, University of Chicago, and Stanford University, that published an article in the October issue of Molecular Biology and Evolution titled "Horizontal Transfer of Bacterial Cytolethal Distending Toxin B Genes to Insects."  They investigated the...
September 25, 2019
Scott Abella (Life Sciences) has been awarded $100,000 from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for two new research projects. One is titled "Stimulating Natural Regeneration of Native Desert Perennial Plants as a Minimum-Input Restoration Method for $49,999. The other is titled "Minimum-Input Restoration for Wildlife Habitat Enhancement for $49,...
September 24, 2019
Elizabeth Stacy and Tomoko Sakishima (Life Sciences), along with collaborators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, the University of Monpellier (France), University of Waikato (New Zealand), and the University of Florida, published "Targeted Amplicon Sequencing of 40 Nuclear Genes Supports a Single Introduction...