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The Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine (NIPM) at UNLV is working to improve individual and community health in Nevada through research and technology commercialization, education, and workforce training.

Modern healthcare relies largely on an expensive "one-size-fits-most model for diagnosis and treatment that often fails to account for biological differences between people. Personalized medicine is different. Your unique genetic makeup — your DNA — already encodes the blueprint for effective treatment and disease prevention.

NIPM will help move Nevada from the trial-and-error medicine of today to the data-driven decision-making of tomorrow by decoding genomes to predict disease susceptibility, sift through treatment options, and fine-tune drug dosages to minimize adverse effects and help Nevadans lead longer and healthier lives.


The Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine is the only established NIH-endorsed Center of Excellence in Nevada to accelerate the adoption of advanced genomics for the entire state healthcare systems. We will accomplish this through community outreach, independent clinical research and genetic testing, and education and training for expanded Nevada job creation.

Director's Statement

Learn more about the institute in this statement from the director of the NIPM.


NIPM has been one of the most prolific groups at UNLV to generate grant revenue, intellectual property, and commercialization initiatives. The Institute continues to engage major national genomic health institutions for significant collaborations to accelerate genomic medicine in Las Vegas. In addition, NIPM generated two start-up companies based on funding from the Governor's Office of Economic Development.


The Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine reports to the Dean of the College of Sciences. The institute is managed by an executive director. Two advisory boards are advisory to the executive director. NIPM faculty and staff report to the executive director.

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Advisory Board

NIPM UNLV Advisory Board (UAB)
Name Unit Title
Dr. Buddhadeb (Buddha) Dawn School of Medicine Chair of Cardiology
Dr. Eric Chronister College of Sciences Dean
Dr. Shawn Gerstenberger School of Public Health Dean
Dr. Joe Lombardo Supercomputing Institute Director
NIPM External Advisory Board (EAB)
Name Organization Title
Dr. Hong-Wen Deng Tulane University Professor & Chief, Division of Biomedical Informatics
Dr. Jerome Rotter The Lundquist Institute Director, Division of Genomic Outcomes, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center
Dr. Kenton Sanders University of Nevada Reno Professor and Chairman, Department of Physiology and Cell Biology
Dr. Bill Shuttleworth University of New Mexico Regents' Professor & Department Chair