Nevada State Public Health Laboratory

The Nevada State Public Health Laboratory (NSPHL) serves the Silver State as a first line of defense against public health threats. Led by Mark Pandori, Ph.D., the NSPHL has been an important source of statewide guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic. The laboratory’s aggressive approach to developing and certifying testing capacity has made Nevada a leader in testing for the coronavirus at a higher per capita rate than many other states. The NSPHL also provides a wide range of diagnostic and analytical services for infectious/communicable diseases, foodborne outbreak analyses, biological and chemical terrorism and the evaluation of dairy products and water to evaluate safety for consumption and compliance throughout Nevada.

Cares Act Emergency Funds

As part of the federal government’s Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, the University was been approved for a one-time, limited allocation of funds to assist degree-seeking students in need because of the COVID-19 pandemic and its disruption of campus operations.

CARES Act funding assisted with expenses related to the disruption of campus operations due to coronavirus (including eligible expenses under a student’s cost of attendance, such as food, housing, course materials, technology, or health care).