Cheryl Vanier, PhD

Chief Research Officer
Cheryl Vanier
(702) 777-4760

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As the founding member of the Department of Research at Touro University Nevada, Dr. Vanier is providing the leadership and vision to establish an efficient and effective support infrastructure for research and scholarly activities. She fosters innovative collaborative relationships between students, faculty and staff within Touro University Nevada and with external partners. She oversees the research budget, research activities, research-related infrastructure, and intra-mural and extra-mural funding activities. Dr. Vanier came to Touro University Nevada with 13 years of experience teaching biology and statistics courses at the undergraduate, Masters, and Ph.D. levels. She has been a consultant on statistics projects for almost two decades and has publications in the areas of clinical and translational research, pedagogic research, policy research, molecular biology, genomics, physiology, and ecology. Dr. Vanier has used her skills and knowledge in research development, scientific communications, biological sciences, and statistics to catalyze successful planning of research projects and dissemination of research findings for scores of Touro University Nevada students, faculty, and external partners.

  • Post-doctoral scholar, University of Arizona
  • Ph.D. in Biology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • B.A. in Biology, Truman State University
  • JBI Comprehensive Systematic Review Training Program. Touro University Nevada, Henderson, NV. June 10-14, 2019.
  • Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) course on Effective Teaching Practices. 25 week online Course. 2018-2019.
  • Introduction to the MSE Journal and Basic Reviewing Tips workshop. International Association of Medical Science Educators (IAMSE). Henderson, NV, June 9, 2018

Dr. Vanier teaches sessions or contributes in other ways to the following courses:

MHSV 605 Scientific Communications

MHSV 610 Current Topics in Biomedical Sciences

DPTV 715 Evidence Based Practice

DPTV 896 Terminal Project 2

DOMV 620 Osteopathic Clinical Skills 1

EDDV 818 Summer Intensive II

She has previously taught:
EDDV 802 Research Methodology I: Quantitative Methods

Dr. Vanier's research interests are broad, and she is often involved in projects as the statistician. See Publications for her most recent activity.

  • Vanier, C., T. Pandey, S. Parikh, A. Rodriguez, T. Knoblauch, J. Peralta. A. Hertzler, L. Ma, R. Nam, S. Musallam, H. Taylor, T. Vickery, Y. Zhang, L. Ranzenberger, A. Nguyen, M. Kapostasy, A. Asturias, E. Fazzini, T. Snyder. 2020. Interval-censored survival analysis of mild traumatic brain injury with outcome based neuroimaging clinical applications. Journal of Concussion (in press)
  • Varland, D.E., J.B. Buchanan, L. Powell, and C. Vanier. 2020. Peregrine falcon survival rates derived from a Long-term study at a migratory and overwintering area in coastal Washington, USA. The Journal of Raptor Research (in press)
  • Muellenbach, J.M., W. C. Duncan; L. A. Ennis; A. Yang; and C. Vanier. 2020. Services and staffing practices within academic libraries serving College of Osteopathic Medicine programs: A Mixed Methods Study. Journal of the Medical Library Association 108(3):408-419.
  • McGee, R., T. Watson, A. Eudy, C. Brady, D. LeCavalier, C. Vanier, and V. Hoang. 2020. Anatomic Relationship of the Sural Nerve When Performing Achilles Tendon Repair using the Percutaneous Achilles Repair System, a Cadaveric Study. Foot and Ankle Surgery ISSN 1268-7731,
  • Dougherty, J., N. Bray, and C. Vanier. 2020. COM Deans and OMM Department Chairs attitudes towards Osteopathic Recognition under the ACGME. Journal of the American Osteopathic Association 120:81-89.
  • Gillette, D., S. Foutz, C. Vanier, and J. Hardy. 2019. Trends in physician opioid prescribing patterns since implementation of Nevada’s new controlled substances laws. Nevada Dental Association Journal, Summer 2019: 6-9. Invited article, not peer reviewed.
  • Santos, M., G. Rappa, J. Karbanova, C. Vanier, C. Morimoto, D. Corbeil, and A. Lorico. 2019. Anti-human CD9 Antibody Fab Fragment impairs the Endocytosis of Extracellular Vesicles and the Nuclear Transfer of their Cargo Proteins. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine 23(6): 4408-4421.
  • Zaveri, N., M. Coty, V. McCarver, C. Vidic, T. Nolan, S. Nath, and C. Vanier. 2019. Changes to an active learning curriculum in osteopathic medical education: effects on exam outcomes and board scores. Medical Science Editor 29(1):215-222.
  • Varland, D.E., J.B. Buchanan, T.L. Fleming, M.K. Kenney, and C. Vanier. 2018. Scavenging as a food-acquisition strategy by peregrine falcons. J. Raptor Research 52(3):291-308.
  • Blaszczak, A.G., R. Smith, A. Gutierrez, D.W. Galbraith, J. Janda, C. Vanier, and E.M. Wozniak. 2016. Molecular mechanism of action for the novel biostimulant CYT31 in plants exposed to drought stress. Acta Horticulturae 1148:85-92.
  • Abella, S.R., L.P. Chiquoine, A.C. Newton, and C.H. Vanier. 2015. Restoring a desert ecosystem using soil salvage, revegetation, and irrigation. Journal of Arid Environments 115:44-52.
  • Smith, S.D., T.N. Charlet, S.F. Zitzer, S.R. Abella, C.H. Vanier, and T.E. Huxman. 2014. Long-term response of a Mojave Desert winter annual plant community to a whole-ecosystem atmospheric CO2 manipulation (FACE). Global Change Biology 20:879-92.
  • Newingham, B.A., C.H. Vanier, L.J. Kelly, T.N. Charlet, and S.D. Smith. 2014. Does a decade of elevated [CO2] affect desert perennial plant communities? New Phytologist 201:498-504.
  • Vanier, C.H., B.A. Newingham, and S.D. Smith. 2013. Canopy volume-aboveground biomass relationships of desert perennials and the effects of elevated CO2. Ecology 94:2656.
  • Newingham, B.A., C.H. Vanier, T.N. Charlet, K. Ogle, S.D. Smith, and R.S. Nowak. 2013. No cumulative effect of 10 years of elevated [CO2] on perennial plant biomass components in the Mojave Desert. Global Change Biology 19:2168-2181.
  • Abella, S.R., L.P. Chiquoine, and C.H. Vanier. 2013. Characterizing soil seed banks and relationships to plant communities. Plant Ecology 215:703-715.
  • Suazo, A., D.J. Craig, C.H. Vanier and S.R. Abella. 2013. Seed removal patterns in burned and unburned desert habitats: implications for ecological restoration. Journal of Arid Environments 88:165-174.
  • Newingham, B.A., C. H. Vanier, T.N. Charlet and S.D. Smith. 2012. Effects of enhanced summer monsoons, nitrogen deposition and soil disturbance on Larrea tridentata productivity and resulting herbivory in the Mojave Desert. Journal of Arid Environments 87:19-28.
  • Baisakh, N., M.V. RamanaRao, K. Rajasekaran, P. Subudhi, J. Janda, D. Galbraith, C. Vanier, and A. Pereira. 2012. Enhanced salt stress tolerance of rice plants expressing a vacuolar H+-ATPase subunit c1 (SaVHAc1) gene from the halophyte grass Spartina alterniflora Löisel. Plant Biotechnology Journal 10:453-464.
  • Megill, L., L.R. Walker, and C.H. Vanier. 2011. Seed bank dynamics and habitat indicators of Arctomecon californica, a rare plant in a fragmented desert environment. Western North American Naturalist 71:195-205.
  • Craig, D.J., J.E. Craig, S.R. Abella, and C.H. Vanier. 2010. Factors affecting exotic annual plant cover and richness along roadsides in the eastern Mojave Desert, USA. Journal of Arid Environments 73:699-707.
  • Curtis, D., C. Vanier, and I. McGaw. 2010. The effects of starvation and acute low salinity exposure on food intake in the Dungeness crab, Cancer magister. Marine Biology 157:603-612.
  • American Statistical Association
  • International Association of Medical Science Educators
  • National Organization for Research Development Professionals