Dr. Dustin Hines

( University of Nevada, Las Vegas )


(702) 855-2208
  • Institution:University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • Departments: Psychology, Neuroscience
  • Research Fields: Neurodegeneration, Neuropsychiatric, Glia Cells
  • Disciplines: Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Neurobiology and Neurosciences, Psychology
  • Location:Clark County
  • Funding:DoD - Department of Defense, NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NIH - National Institutes of Health, UNLV - University of Nevada, Las Vegas


I have overseen research pertaining to the brain with high-school, undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students.


The brain operates as a complex orchestration that involves many different cellular players. Dr. Dustin Hines’ research is aimed at understanding the role that glial cells play under normal and pathological conditions, which include neuropsychiatric disorders (depression), traumatic brain injury, stroke and Alzheimer disease. In particular, Dr. Hines researches how astrocytes and microglia cells both talk and listen to neurons. Dr. Hines employs molecular genetics, biochemistry, confocal and two photon microscopy, electrophysiology and behavioral assessments in mouse models to gain understanding of how glia cells impact brain signaling, circuitry and behavior. Dr. Hines’ research ultimately is directed towards understanding how all of the cells of the brain are orchestrated into the precise symphony that we call behavior.