Accomplishments: School of Life Sciences

November 23, 2021
Vanessa Booth (Political Science) and Aaron Cheng (Life Sciences and Psychology), both undergraduate researchers, are the recipients of the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) 2021 Outstanding Undergraduate Researcher Award in the arts and health and natural sciences, respectively. Each year during the Office of Undergraduate Research (OUR) Fall Undergraduate Research Symposium, OUR recognizes and honors UNLV undergraduate researchers who demonstrate and exemplify excellence in research. OUR...
November 23, 2021
Erin Cassin (Life Sciences), a graduate student, was named a 2022 K. Patricia Cross Future Leader by the Association of American Colleges & Universities. She is one of eight people internationally who are selected for this honor.
November 16, 2021
Jeffery Shen (Life Sciences) has published, along with two other authors, “Dual activities of ACC synthase: Novel clues regarding the molecular evolution of ACS genes” in the journal Science Advances. The paper reports a paradigm-shifting discovery regarding the molecular evolution of ethylene biosynthesis genes in a time course of over 450 million years. Ethylene is a plant hormone essential for plant development and responses to biotic and abiotic stresses. In human, ethylene is also produced...
October 28, 2021
Manoj Sharma (Environmental and Occupational Health) presented two posters at the American Public Health Association’s 149th annual meeting held as a hybrid virtually and in Denver.  The first presentation was “Technology Use to Improve Social Connectedness among Older Adults during COVID-19: Enhancing Educational Interventions,” and second one was “Efficacy of Yoga Interventions on Quality of Sleep among Older Adults: A Comprehensive Review.” In addition, he was a co-presenter on nine...
October 12, 2021
Frank van Breukelen, Helen Wing and Christy Strong (all Life Sciences) have been informed that their application for a Department of Education Graduate Assistance in Areas of National Need (GAANN) Fellowship award has been funded.  The GAANN program provides fellowships to assist graduate students with excellent records who demonstrate financial need and plan to pursue the highest degree available in a field designated as an area of national need, in this case biological sciences/life sciences...
September 10, 2021
Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences) co-authored a paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences with collaborators from New York University, Princeton University, and Oxford Nanopore Technologies.  Their paper, "Ancestral polymorphisms shape the adaptive radiation of Metrosideros across the Hawaiian Islands" presents the first chromosome-level reference genome for the hyperdiverse tree genus Metrosideros and population genomics analyses of  more than 130 trees representing 11 taxa...
September 8, 2021
Mingon Kang (Computer Science), Ji Yoo (Medicine), Brendan Morris (Electronic and Computer Engineering), Zhaohuam Zhu (Physics and Astronomy), Qiang Zhu (Physics and Astronomy), Mira Han (Life Sciences), Kazem Taghva (Computer Science), and Shashi Nambisan (Civil and Environmental Engineering and Construction) were awarded National Science Foundation support totaling $432,269 for three years to acquire and commission a high-performance GPU cluster for multi-disciplinary research and education...
September 1, 2021
Anthony Waddle (M.S. Biology 2017, now at the University of Melbourne), and Rebeca Rivera and Jef Jaeger (both Biology), along with a group of former UNLV undergraduate students (Emma Keenan, Ghazal Rezaei, Joshua Levy, Yesenia Vasquez, Marlai Sai, Jessica Hill, Alexandra Zmuda, all Biology; and Hannah Rice, Kinesiology) and an Australian colleague Yorick Lambreghts have published, Amphibian resistance to chytridiomycosis increases following low-virulence chytrid fungal infection or drug-...
August 31, 2021
Elizabeth Stacy (Life Sciences) coauthored an in-depth review paper titled: "Hawai‘i Forest Review: Synthesizing the Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation of a Model System" in Perspectives in Plant Ecology, Evolution and Systematics.  The findings of this synthesis challenge some long-standing ideas about evolution and ecology in the Hawaiian Islands, point to outstanding questions in these fields, and argue that the future of the islands' forests rests on the explicit integration of ecological...
August 6, 2021
Donald Price (Life Sciences) was part of a team that published an article in the July 2021 issue of eLife titled “Highly contiguous assemblies of 101 drosophilid genomes." The team included scientists from Stanford University, University of North Carolina, University of Washington, University of California Davis, Bangor University, University of California Berkeley, Tokyo Metropolitan University, University of Belgrade, National Institute of Republic of Serbia, Yunnan University, Hokkaido...
July 20, 2021
Allyson Hindle (Life Sciences) recently received a National Science Foundation Polar Programs grant, titled "Role of Endothelial Cell Activation in Hypoxia Tolerance of an Elite Diver, the Weddell Seal." In collaboration with Jose Pablo Vazquez-Medina from the Universit of California, Berkeley, the project will evaluate the underlying processes in the Weddell seal’s physiology that protect this species from the consequences of diving. The work will combine laboratory experiments where cells...
July 1, 2021
Eduardo A. Robleto (Life Sciences) and Josh Baker of the pharmacology department at UNR have been awarded an INBRE (IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence) grant from the National Institutes of Health (Institute of General Medical Sciences). This award is for five years and $19.8 million. This is a programmatic and collaborative award. The key personnel leading this effort are Baker (principal investigator, UNR), Robleto (program coordinator), Edwin Oh from UNLV's Nevada Institute of...