Accomplishments: School of Life Sciences

May 19, 2021
The School of Life Sciences and department of psychology were named the office of undergraduate research (OUR) Spring 2021 Champions of Undergraduate Research for their commitment to excellence in research education. The award commends the leadership and faculty of each for their contributions in elevating the role of experiential and discovery learning at UNLV and advancing OUR’s mission. During the OUR Spring 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium, the College of Sciences was...
May 19, 2021
A number of undergraduate students were recognized during the office of undergraduate research (OUR) spring 2021 Virtual Undergraduate Research Symposium. They include: Elia Del Carmen Solano-Patricio (Public Policy and Leadership), who was awarded Best Podium Presentation Award in Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences. Her presentation was Police Shootings in the Mountain West, 2015 – 2021. Janelle Domantay, Ilya Pivavaruk, and Victor Taksheyev (Computer Science), who were awarded Best Poster...
May 12, 2021
Brett Riddle (Life Sciences) was elected editor-in-chief of the Journal of Mammalogy. The journal has been the flagship publication of the American Society of Mammalogists since 1919 and was voted one of the top 100 most influential serials in biology and medicine of the 20th century.   
May 3, 2021
Boo Shan Tseng, Melissa Schofield, Erin Cassin, and Daniela Rodriguez (all Life Sciences), and Amanda Kidman (Online Education), with co-authors Drs. Elizabeth Campbell (Rockefeller University) and Peter Jorth (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center) have published a primary research article titled, "The anti-sigma factor MucA is required for viability in Pseudomonas aeruginosa." P. aeruginosa forms chronic infections in the lungs of people with cystic fibrosis (CF). In chronic lung infections, the...
April 20, 2021
Cindy X. Kha (Life Sciences) was awarded the 2021 Sam Lieberman Regents’ Award for Graduate Student Scholarship by the NSHE Board of Regents. This award honors students for their distinguished academic achievements, leadership ability, and service contributions. Her work in the laboratory of associate professor Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) focuses on identifying and characterizing mechanisms that promote eye regeneration and repair. She has been recognized for her work with awards from the...
April 14, 2021
Dylan Guerin, Cindy Kha, and Kelly Tseng (all Life Sciences) recently published an article, "From Cell Death to Regeneration: Rebuilding After Injury" in Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology. Guerin, recipient of GPSA Research Forum presentation awards, and Kha, recipient of the 2020-21 President's UNLV Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, are Ph.D. students. Research in the Tseng lab focuses on understanding the genes that stimulate tissue regeneration with the goal of applying this...
April 5, 2021
Boo Shan Tseng (Life Sciences) received a prestigious early career research grant sponsored by the international Human Frontier Science Program, in collaboration with William Durham (University of Sheffield), John Whitney (McMaster University), and Julien Bergeron (King’s College London). The project is "The bacterial biofilm as a multicellular organism: from molecules to populations.” Most bacteria reside in biofilms, which are communities of microbes that are adhered to each other and to a...
March 17, 2021
Aude Picard (School of Life Sciences) was awarded $175,987 by the National Science Foundation for her project “RII Track-4: Physiology of Sulfate-Reducing Bacteria under Energy-Limiting Conditions." Sulfate-reducing bacteria (SRB) play an important role in the transformations of sulfur and carbon in anoxic environments. The project’s goal is to understand SRB’s long-term survival under starvation conditions. Their physiological and metabolic adaptations will be studied using transmission...
March 11, 2021
Asma Tahir, Samin Kamal, Mark Buttner (all Environmental & Occupational Health), and Dennis Bazylinski (Life Sciences), along with Joseph Jean, '18 BS Health Education and '20 Master of Public Health, and local allergist/immunologist Dr. Jorem Seggev, presented a virtual poster at the 2021 American Academy of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology annual conference last month. Their poster was on the “Annual Comparison of Weed Pollen in Las Vegas and the Mojave Desert 2017-2019.” All presenters...
March 8, 2021
Kathryn Rafferty (Life Sciences) was awarded U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen's March Women in STEM award. This prestigious award aims to highlight Nevada's women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with the hopes of encouraging young women to pursue their STEM goals. 
March 8, 2021
Heejin Mun (Epidemiology & Biostatistics), Bowen Liu (Mathematics), Thu Huynh Anh Pham (Biology), and Qing Wu (Epidemiology & Biostatistics) recently published an article on "C-Reactive Protein and Fracture Risk: An Updated Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis of Cohort Studies through the Use of Both Frequentist and Bayesian Approaches" in the journal Osteoporosis International. The association between the inflammatory marker CRP and osteoporotic fracture has remained uncertain. In this...
March 4, 2021
Allyson Hindle (Life Sciences) received a research award sponsored by the Regional Alliance of INBRE Networks (RAIN). RAIN is funded by the National Institutes of Health to improve collaborative biomedical research efforts in western states. The title of the award is "Harnessing of Deep-diving Seal Cardioprotective Factors as Novel Therapy for Myocardial Ischemia-Reperfusion Injury." Myocardial infarction, the consequence of cardiac ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI), is the leading cause of...