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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

chalk drawing of human body with intestinal tract
Research | February 12, 2020

New UNLV study shows promise for role of a high-carb, low-protein, and low-fat diet in fighting off C. diff infections.

People | February 12, 2020

Addison Guida is determined to provide the same level of commitment to her future patients as she received from her own doctors.

doctor in hospital hallway
Campus News | February 5, 2020

UNLV School of Medicine's residency/fellowship programs helping to expand specialty care in Nevada.

UNLV students in red caps/gowns hugging at commencement
Campus News | December 17, 2019

UNLV president Marta Meana will highlight four graduating students at commencement who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the Class of 2019.

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.

Life Sciences In The News

NDTV Food
February 14, 2020

Want to lose some weight? Opt for low carb and high protein diet! This is the go-to suggestion every second person advises. But did you know this may lead to alleviation of hospital-acquired infections? A recent study says so.

Medindia
February 14, 2020

Diet low in carbohydrates, high in fat and protein can be good for the waistline, but new study shows that just the opposite may help to reduce the hospital-acquired infection caused by Clostridioides difficile. The study appears in mSystems, an open access journal of the American Society for Microbiology.

Devdiscourse
February 14, 2020

In contrast with the popular opinion that low carb and high protein diets help in maintaining the waistline, a new study suggests that the same may lead to alleviation of hospital-acquired infections. The study surrounding the hospital-acquired infection Clostridioides difficile was published in the journal mSystems.

Newswise
February 12, 2020

Popular diets low in carbs and high in fat and protein might be good for the waistline, but a new UNLV study shows that just the opposite may help to alleviate the hospital-acquired infection Clostridioides difficile.

Science Daily
February 12, 2020

In a new study published this week in mSystems, an open-access journal of the American Society for Microbiology, researchers report that mice fed a high-protein, high-fat diet were more likely to acquire a deadly C. difficile infection than mice eating a standard diet. Their findings also suggest that a diet high in carbohydrates protects against infection.

EurekAlert!
February 12, 2020

Diets like the Keto, Paleo and Atkins focus on high-fat, high-protein meals that are often low in carbohydrates. This mix may appeal to Clostridioides difficile bacteria, too.

Life Sciences Experts

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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

February 21, 2020
Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences) and a large team of evolutionary biologists led by Rosemary Gillespie (University of California Berkeley) published a review article, Comparing Adaptive Radiations Across Space, Time, and Taxa in the Journal of Heredity.  This paper reviews adaptive radiations across the globe to uncover commonalities and contrasts...
January 10, 2020
Eduardo Robleto (Life Sciences) is the new program director INBRE program. His responsibilities are to oversee the INBRE-sponsored faculty research and undergraduate research components of the grant, which covers all NSHE institutions in Nevada. The annual direct budget he will manage directly is approximately $400,000.  Nevada INBRE is part of...
December 20, 2019
Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) was an invited speaker at the 2019 Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students in Anaheim, California. Her talk, "A Lot of Nerve! Evolutionary Mechanisms of Neural Regeneration," presented her laboratory group's recent research studies on vertebrate eye regeneration. 
December 12, 2019
Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences) and collaborators Michael Purugganan and Jae Young Choi (New York University) published a paper in Molecular Biology and Evolution, "Divergent Selection and Primary Gene Flow Shape Incipient Speciation of a Riparian Tree on Hawaii Island."  This work uses population genomics approaches to uncover the evolutionary...
December 11, 2019
Cindy Kha, Dylan Guerin, and Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) published a book chapter, "Studying In Vivo Retinal Progenitor Cell Proliferation in Xenopus laevis" in Retinal Development: Methods and Protocols." This is part of the highly successful Methods in Molecular Biology book series published since 1983. The work from Kha, Guerin, and Tseng ...
December 9, 2019
Jenna Heath (Liberal Arts) and Kathryn Raffety (Life Sciences) recently received fall 2019 Academic Assessment Mini-Grants through the office of academic assessment. Health and the College of Liberal Arts received the award for “College of Liberal Arts Student Success Through Service Learning Pilot Project,” an ambitious, faculty-driven service-...