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University of Nevada Las Vegas

Four letter SEA-PHAGES code: UNLV

Location: Las Vegas, NV USA


Joined SEA-PHAGES: Cohort 10 (started in 2017)

Buddy school: University of California, Los Angeles

Term type: Semester

Total SEA-PHAGES sections taught: 4

Total SEA-PHAGES students: 76


Primary Faculty Contact


University of Nevada Las Vegas

Assistant Professor

School of Life Sciences

Dr. Tsourkas received his Ph.D. in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2004. He subsequently worked as a post-doctoral scholar at UC Davis in computation biology and the Curie Institute in Paris in bionformatics. He joined the faculty of the University of Nevada Las Vegas in January 2013. In February 2014 he became interested in the bacteriophages that infect Paenibacillus larvae, the most destructive bacterial pathogen of the honeybee. Dr. Tsourkas' lab employs two graduate and and 10 undergraduate students. He will lead the SEA-PHAGES course at UNLV and will teach its bioinformatics component.

Other Faculty Members


University of Nevada Las Vegas

Associate Faculty

School of Life Sciences

I have been lecturing in the School of Life Sciences, UNLV for 12 years and rotate into introductory majors and non-majors biology, microbiology for health majors, molecular genetics and when needed, a graduate course in molecular biology techniques. I look forward to implementing the first class room based research experience in my department based on the SEAPhages model.


University of Nevada Las Vegas

Assistant Professor in Residence

School of Life Sciences

Legal Contact

Angela Mendoza
Purchasing Analyst
University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Academic Terms

Fall 2018 Biol207X-Phage Discovery

Start: Aug 27, 2018, End: Dec 15, 2018

Sections in this Term

Spring 2018

Start: Jan 16, 2018, End: May 11, 2018

Sections in this Term

Fall 2017

Start: Aug 28, 2017, End: Dec 08, 2017

Sections in this Term

Institution Addresses

Current Mailing Address

Philippos Tsourkas

University of Nevada Las Vegas

4505 S Maryland Pkwy

Las Vegas, NV 89154-4004

United States

Current Shipping Address

James McKoy

University of Nevada Las Vegas

4505 S Maryland Pkwy

White Hall

Las Vegas, NV 89154-4004

United States

Upcoming Events

Virtual Site-Visit with SEA Team

September 1, 2019 to October 31, 2019

Identify Bioinformatics Workshop Trainees

October 2, 2019

Philly Phage Phestival 2019

November 16, 2019

Recent Events

Phage Discovery Workshop 12B

July 7, 2019 to July 13, 2019

Phage Discovery Workshop Option B

July 6, 2019 to July 12, 2019

Forum Activity

cdshaffer posted in Ribosomal Modulation Factor

btarbox posted in good summer phage reading

smolloy123 posted in cluster K terminases