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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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Campus News | May 28, 2020

Undergraduate Francisco Valenzuela spearheaded drives that resulted in the donation of more than 7,500 pairs of socks and underwear to The Shade Tree.

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Business and Community | May 27, 2020
The university recognizes faculty and student for their work to improve the wellbeing of Southern Nevadans.
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Campus News | May 19, 2020

As daily life around the country came to a sudden halt in March, UNLV rapidly reconfigured the rhythms of its day-to-day operations and lent its considerable expertise to fighting the virus in Nevada.

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People | May 18, 2020

The budget analyst on the reasons she and husband Robert are now UNLV lifers.

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Campus News | May 14, 2020

An enduring UNLV end-of-semester tradition is to highlight exceptional students who embody the academic, research, and community impact of the graduating class.

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People | May 14, 2020

School of Life Sciences grad used fruit flies to study the nature of obesity.

Life Sciences In The News

Las Vegas Review Journal
June 4, 2020

You do what you can.

Staying home as much as possible, and wearing a mask when you can’t.

KVVU-TV: Fox 5
May 21, 2020

Scientists at UNLV are getting ready to test self-cleaning slot dividers.

Las Vegas Review Journal
May 18, 2020

When those of us who haven’t been on the front lines finally emerge from our homes — staring curiously at new faces for the first time in weeks, many of us clad in sweatpants and pajama bottoms because our work clothes no longer fit — how will we behave?

PR Newswire
May 13, 2020

As the casinos on the Las Vegas strip remain dark and anxiously prepare to reopen, a tiny new start-up company comprised of out of work, fretful, quarantined, designers, engineers, and entertainers have become the first company in the world to successfully introduce to market a proven, proactive technology engineered specifically to mitigate the proliferation of virus and bacteria in a casino environment.

May 7, 2020

Professors and students at UNLV are working together to create a needed component for COVID-19 test kits.

May 6, 2020

The SafePlay UV partitions were developed by Las Vegas-based Smith Rosen. The company manufactures products that mitigate exposure to airborne contaminants in casinos.

Life Sciences Experts

An expert on bacterial gene regulation and bacterial pathogens, including E. coli, Shigella, and Salmonella. 
An expert in bioinformatics, virology, AIDS/HIV, Alzheimer's disease, and genetics.
An expert on mutagenesis, DNA repair, and bacterial genetics.
An expert in ecology, fire management, and U.S. National Parks.
An expert on desert ecology and climate change.
Nora Caberoy is an expert on eye diseases, specifically the factors and pathways associated with damage of the retina. 

Recent Life Sciences Accomplishments

May 19, 2020
Anjala S. Krishen (Marketing & International Business) had a paper, "Harnessing the Waiting Experience: Anticipation, Expectations, and WOM," accepted in Journal of Services Marketing. This interdisciplinary work was conducted in collaboration with the Shark Reef Exhibit at Mandalay Bay and co-authored with Brian Robison and two UNLV doctoral...
May 5, 2020
The Graduate College is pleased to announce its 2019-20 award winners.  UNLV Graduate College Outstanding Thesis & Dissertation Awards Each year the Graduate College presents four awards for outstanding theses and dissertations (within each category, one for STEM and one for non-STEM). This year’s winners are: Outstanding Thesis (STEM...
May 4, 2020
Natalie Johns (Biochemsistry) was recognized for an abstract that she submitted to the American Society of Radiation Oncologists (ASTRO). A senior, Johns was selected to present her work, "Comics for Pediatric Oncology Patients & Families: Education & Empowerment," at the annual meeting in October in Miami. The abstract was one of 280...
May 1, 2020
The Graduate College is pleased to announce the Spring 2020 Graduate College Medallion recipients. Graduate College Medallion recipients are exceptionally involved during their time as graduate students at UNLV. Medallions are given in the semester students graduate.  This semester's recipients are: Austin McKenna, Biological...
April 14, 2020
Donald Price (Life Sciences) recently published two scientific articles describing research aimed at understanding the genomic changes that are associated with the invasion of the fruit fly, Drosophila suzukii.  D. suzukii is originally from Asia, established in Hawaii in the 1980’, and recently expanded into the Americas and Europe. Unlike most...
April 3, 2020
Cindy Kha (Life Sciences) is the recipient of the next year’s President’s UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. This is the second consecutive year that a life sciences graduate student has been awarded this prestigious fellowship. Kha is a doctoral student whose advisor is professor Kelly Tseng.