Accomplishments: Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine

July 2, 2021
Dr. Jingchun Chen (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) has published an article, "Artificial Image Objects for Classification of Schizophrenia with GWAS-selected SNVs and Convolutional Neural Network," in Patterns, a Cell Press journal. Additional contributing authors are Xiangning Chen, Daniel G. Chen, Zhongming Zhao, Justin Zhan, and Changrong Ji. In this article, a new approach to analyze large genomics data is proposed.  
October 11, 2019
Kenneth Izuora (Medicine), Edwin Oh (NIPM), Jeffrey Ebersole (Dental), and Arpita Basu (Kinesiology & Nutrition Sciences), along with Aaron Calvano, '19 BS Kinesiology, published an invited review in Food & Function based on their ongoing collaborations on the role of dietary bioactive compounds in diabetes, insulin resistance, and inflammation.
August 1, 2018
Qing Wu (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine and Environmental and Occupational Health ) and Yingke Xu (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) are the authors of "Decreasing Trend of Bone Mineral Density in US Multiethnic Population: Analysis of Continuous NHANES 2005 - 2014," which has been accepted for publication in Osteoporosis International. For Xu, a graduate student, this is her first first-authored manuscript accepted for publications. Wu is the senior author.
July 30, 2018
Mira Han (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine and Life Sciences) won the National IDeA Symposium of Biomedical Research Excellence (NISBRE) Young Investigator/Student Travel Award for her poster, "Transcriptome Analysis Reveals Negative Correlation between Mitochondrial Genes and Transcripts of L1HS, and Positive Correlation between KRAB-ZFPs and Older LINE Elements in Normal Somatic Tissues."
May 1, 2018
Xiangxue Xiao and Yingke Xu (both Environmental and Occupational Health and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine), and Bowen Liu (Math and NIPM) recently published findings in Osteoporosis International, a high-impact peer-reviewed medical journal published by Springer that is an official journal of the International Osteoporosis Foundation and the National Osteoporosis Foundation. The graduate students’ findings resulted from projects they worked on while enrolled in EAB 788 in spring...
February 15, 2018
Qing Wu (Environmental and Occupational Health and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) was awarded a new NIH R15 grant for $450,000 titled “Developing Model-based Bone Density Reference Values for African-American Women.” This grant earned a perfect score of 10.
October 25, 2017
Qing Wu (Community Health Sciences and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) recently was awarded a $448,313 research grant from the National Institutes of Health. The funding will support a project titled "Developing Model-Based Bone Density Reference Values for African-American Women."
October 18, 2017
Yingke Xu and Xiangxue Xiao (both Community Health Sciences and Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) recently received Top Young Investigators Awards from the American Society of Bone Mineral Research (ASBMR) for their work in Qing Wu’s lab within the UNLV Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine. Xu was awarded $1,000, while Xiao received a $500 travel grant. These first-year graduate students were recognized at the ASBMR annual meeting in Denver in September. They also made...
May 1, 2017
Nemanja Novakovic (Sciences and Honors) is the 2017 UNLV undergraduate recipient of the Regents' Scholar Award. The award is bestowed upon one undergraduate student from each NSHE institution for their academic achievements, leadership ability, and service contributions. Each honoree receives a $5,000 stipend. Novakovic is pursuing a double major in biochemistry and biological sciences, with an emphasis in cell and molecular biology. He’s conducted applied bioinformatics and HIV research in the...
April 11, 2017
Jingchun Chen (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) received a UNLV IDeA Pilot Grant in the amount of $69,300 for her pilot study to develop a cellular model of microglia for schizophrenia research. Microglia are a type of white blood cell found in the brain and spinal cord that provides immune defense to the central nervous system. The study seeks to establish induced microglia-like cells (iMGCs) from monocytes, another type of white blood cell, and validate iMGCs through their signature...
March 27, 2017
Martin Schiller (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine) received a total of $185,000 from the National Institutes of Health for his project “A Novel High-Throughput Functional Screen Using Chimeric Minimotif Decoys.” Minimotifs (short stretches of amino acids found in cell proteins), along with the proteins comprising them, ensure proper cell function, and understanding how these functions are executed is critical to diagnosing and curing diseases such as cancer that develop due of protein...
February 21, 2017
Qing Wu (Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine and Environmental and Occupational Health) received a UNLV IDeA Pilot Grant in the amount of $70,389 for his pilot study to develop personalized bone mineral density reference values. The study seeks to determine how genetic factors contribute to normal bone mineral density variation in Caucasian women and identify the best genetics-enhanced statistical model for normal bone mineral density variation.