Accomplishments: School of 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...
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...