Accomplishments: School of Life Sciences

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...
December 17, 2020
Dale Devitt (Life Sciences) recently published a book, "Selecting and Maintaining Trees for Urban Desert Landscapes." Growing trees in an urban desert environment can be challenging, especially if water is a limited resource. In the book, Devitt provides guidance to those living and working in the Desert Southwest on how to select  and irrigate urban trees to achieve a healthy, beautiful landscape while conserving water.
November 24, 2020
The office of undergraduate research (OUR) recently held its Fall 2020 Undergraduate Research Symposium and the College of Sciences brought home several honors, including: The School of Life Sciences earned the Champions of Undergraduate Research Award for its commitment to excellence in research education. The school's leadership and faculty were commended for their contributions to elevating the role of experiential and discovery learning at UNLV and to advancing OUR’s mission. The College...
November 12, 2020
Brian Hedlund (Life Sciences) was part of a large international team led by the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute (JGI) that published a paper, "A Genomic Catalog of Earth's Microbiomes," in Nature Biotechnology. The paper describes 52,515 new draft microbial genomes that were generated from metagenomic data contained within the JGI's Integrated Microbial Genomes & Microbiomes platform. The study revealed 18,000 new microbial species and expanded the known diversity of...
October 27, 2020
Allyson Hindle (School of Life Sciences) received a grant, "Epigenetic pathways to regulate homeostatic resilience: Model-based discovery of rules across diverse mammals," from the National Science Foundation and its Rules of Life Mechanism. The total collaborative grant is for five years and $3 million with UNLV receiving $884,080. This project will discover the biological rules that govern how different species respond, at cellular level, to changes in their environment, and why some species...
October 26, 2020
Donald Price (Life Sciences) recently has published two scientific articles describing research conducted in Hawaii.  The first paper, titled “Analysis of Genomic Sequence Data Reveals the Origin and Evolutionary Separation of Hawaiian Hoary Bat Populations,” is published in Genome Biology and Evolution. This paper is with Corinna Pinzari, a masters student working with Dr. Price and Dr. Bonaccorso from the United States Geological Service – Biological Resources Division and three other co-...