Accomplishments: School of Life Sciences

August 19, 2016
Martin Schiller (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) and the Schiller Laboratory of Applied Bioinformatics, Christy Strong (Life Sciences), Ronald Benjamin, Omoyemwen Igbinedion (both Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine), and peers at other institutions recently published a review article titled “TALEN Gene Editing Takes Aim on HIV” in Human Genetics. The article expands upon their recent work by compiling an up-to-date overview of the advancements in the field of gene editing...
August 9, 2016
Frank van Breukelen and Jenifer Utz (Life Sciences) organized the 15th International Hibernation Symposium, which was held in Las Vegas July 31-Aug. 4, and was hosted by UNLV and the School of Life Sciences. The symposiums are conducted once every four years and bring together most of the hibernation researchers from around the globe. This symposium was devoted to discussion of how animals live in a seasonal world.  
July 22, 2016
Doctoral student Carmen Vallin (Life Sciences) was awarded the American Society for Microbiology Robert D. Watkins Graduate Research Fellowship. The program provides a total stipend of $63,000 ($21,000 a year) for a three-year period and is aimed at highly competitive graduate students. Vallin was awarded this fellowship to study how nongrowing bacterial cells accumulate mutations. She and her mentor, Eduardo Robleto (Life Sciences), seek to understand how mutations that confer antibiotic...
July 21, 2016
Lars Walker (Life Sciences) is co-editor of Long-Term Ecological Research Changing the Nature of Scientists, an insiders' views of ways that that long-term collaborative ecological research has shaped science and scientists in the U.S. Long-Term Ecological Research network. Walker also was a co-author on Chapter 1 (Changing the Nature of Scientists Participating in the Long-Term Ecological Research Program) and Chapter 44 (Trade-offs of Participation in the Long-Term Ecological Research Program...
April 22, 2016
Brian Hedlund (Life Sciences) recently was featured in the Vegas PBS series Outdoor Nevada. Hedlund and host John Burke look for clues to life on other planets in the hot springs in Gerlach.  Vegas PBS’ Outdoor Nevada originally aired from 1995 to 1999. Hosted by highly regarded television host and actor John Burke, Outdoor Nevada will delve into the Silver State’s natural history and present-day happenings as experts discuss awe-inspiring discoveries in one of the planet’s most unique and...
April 18, 2016
Scott Abella (Life Sciences) presented the first talk in the University of Nevada Cooperative Extension's 2016 Nevada Naturalist Lecture Series. His presentation was titled "Conserving America’s National Parks." Abella shared stories of active conservation projects across the national park system, including many local parks such as the Lake Mead National Recreation Area. Abella authored the book, Conserving America’s National Parks 1916-2016, celebrating 100 years of conservation, commitment,...
March 3, 2016
Biologist Daniel Thompson (Life Sciences) was recently featured in the Vegas PBS series Outdoor Nevada. Thompson and colleagues from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and the U.S. Forest Service joined host John Burke to discuss rare butterflies in the Spring Mountains. Vegas PBS’ Outdoor Nevada originally aired from 1995 to 1999. Hosted by highly regarded television host and actor John Burke, Outdoor Nevada will delve into the Silver State’s natural history and present-day happenings as...
February 18, 2016
Brian Hedlund (Life Sciences) is now serving as a member of the board of trustees for Bergey’s Manual Trust. The board is responsible for managing the trust, promoting microbial systematics internationally, and compiling and editing Bergey’s Manual of Systematics of Archaea and Bacteria, the preeminent reference publication on the taxonomy of microorganisms. The board consists of eight internationally recognized microbiologists from Europe, Asia, and North America, who are experts in microbial...
February 11, 2016
Brian Hedlund (Life Sciences) recently co-authored “Global Metagenomic Survey Reveals a New Bacterial Candidate Phylum in Geothermal Springs” with several colleagues in the U.S. Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute as well as other institutions of higher education. The article appears in Nature Communications, published by the prestigious Nature Publishing Group, and marks Hedlund’s fifth appearance in high-impact Nature journals since 2013. The article announces the discovery of “...
January 15, 2016
Brett Riddle (Life Sciences) is a co-author on a paper that was recently published in Nature. The article is titled, "Holocene Shifts in the Assembly of Plant and Animal Communities Implicate Human Impacts." Understanding how ecological communities are organized and how they change through time is critical to predicting the effects of climate change. The research group's results suggest that the rules governing the assembly of communities have recently been changed by human activity.
December 1, 2015
Brian Hedlund (Life Sciences) recently received an $876,229 National Science Foundation grant for his project, "Collaborative Proposal: Biodiversity Discovery and Analysis of 'Aigarchaeota', a Globally Distributed But Poorly Understood Archaeal Lineage." The grant is for three years.    
November 4, 2015
Biochemistry professor Ernesto Abel-Santos and former postdoctoral scholar Amber Howerton were recently issued patent #9,079,935, which describes a novel compound designed to prevent Clostridium difficile (C. diff) infections.