Accomplishments: School of Life Sciences

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 history of a tree endemic to the rivers on east Hawaii Island and concludes that this taxon is a rare example of incipient sympatric speciation in trees...
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 describes a novel system for generating new retinal stem cells to repair eye injuries in an animal model. Kha (a recipient of UNLV Summer Doctoral research...
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-learning project that builds on an existing service-learning program fostering academic and professional development through community engagement, and...
November 27, 2019
Sheniz Moonie, Brian Labus (both Environmental and Occupational Health), and Dr. Rebecca Scherr (Medicine), along with Julia Anderson, '19 PhD Public Health, and former faculty member Mary Beth Hogan (now of Marshall University) recently published an article on "Chronic Inflammatory Disease Cost: The Impact of Eosinophilic Esophagitis in Nevada" in the Journal of Digestive Diseases.  This study seeks to fill this gap by comparing the cost of eosinophilic esophagitis to other well‐known...
October 23, 2019
Elizabeth Stacy and Tomoko Sakishima (both Life Sciences) have written a paper with coauthors Neil Snow of Pittsburgh State University and Heaven Tharp, an undergraduate student at the University of Hawaii, that recently was accepted for publication in the Journal of Heredity's Symposium Issue, "Origins of Adaptive Radiation." This issue features research presented by invitation at the American Genetics Association President's Symposium in 2018. The paper, "Isolation of Metrosideros (`Ohi`a)...
October 2, 2019
Jef Jaeger (Life Sciences) and Anthony Waddle, '15 BS Biology, '17 MS Biology, were among an international team spearheaded by the Erica Rosenblum Lab at UC Berkeley that published “Cryptic Diversity of a Widespread Global Pathogen Reveals New Threats to Amphibian Conservation." The paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences focuses on an aquatic fungal pathogen that has spread across continents causing amphibian declines. The research optimized an advanced method of...
September 30, 2019
Scott Abella (Life Sciences) received a three-year, $174,938 grant from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management's national plant conservation and restoration management program. The title of the award is "Identifying perennial species for restoration to establish native plant communities."  
September 27, 2019
Donald Price (Life Sciences) was part of a team including scientists from UC Berkeley, Purdue University, University of Chicago, and Stanford University, that published an article in the October issue of Molecular Biology and Evolution titled "Horizontal Transfer of Bacterial Cytolethal Distending Toxin B Genes to Insects."  They investigated the role that horizontal gene transfer events have played in the evolution of animals. They report on the horizontal gene transfer of cytolethal...
September 25, 2019
Scott Abella (Life Sciences) has been awarded $100,000 from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management for two new research projects. One is titled "Stimulating Natural Regeneration of Native Desert Perennial Plants as a Minimum-Input Restoration Method for $49,999. The other is titled "Minimum-Input Restoration for Wildlife Habitat Enhancement for $49,996.
September 24, 2019
Elizabeth Stacy and Tomoko Sakishima (Life Sciences), along with collaborators from the U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agricultural Research Service, the University of Monpellier (France), University of Waikato (New Zealand), and the University of Florida, published "Targeted Amplicon Sequencing of 40 Nuclear Genes Supports a Single Introduction and Rapid Radiation of Hawaiian Metrosideros (Myrtaceae)" in Plant Systematics and Evolution. They used targeted amplicon sequencing of 40 nuclear...
August 21, 2019
Kelly Tseng (Life Sciences) has her work featured in the newest (12th) edition of Gilbert’s Developmental Biology, the discipline’s foundational textbook.  The Tseng lab works to identify mechanisms of organ regeneration using the Xenopus (African clawed frog) model.
August 20, 2019
Robin Kee (Life Sciences) was selected as scholar in the National Institutes of Health (NIH) Undergraduate Scholarship Program (UGSP). The UGSP is a highly competitive program with approximately 300 nationwide applications received and 10 students chosen as UGSP Scholars for the 2019-20 academic year. Kee's selection as a UGSP Scholar speaks highly of her accomplishments. A senior biology major, Kee is a member of the AANAPISI-STEM program at UNLV, conducting behavior and genetic research on...