Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences
The Department of Biological Sciences provides personalized attention, contemporary curricula, and an environment with modern facilities that are vital to the development of successful biologists.
Accomplished faculty, committed to excellence in both teaching and research, prepare our students for professional schools and careers in the life sciences. Faculty expertise ranges over a wide variety of subjects from molecular and cell biology to microbiology, ecology, development, evolution and physiology.
Honors and Highlights
Dr. Sarah Woodley has been awarded Duquesne University's Creative Teaching Award for the second time. The award recognizes Dr. Woodley for providing students with a unique educational experience based on the Application-Based Service Learning pedagogy, developed with Dr. Nancy Trun and funded by the National Science Foundation.
Dr. Nancy Trun has received the 2016 Spirit of Learning Award by the Duquesne University Chapter of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi.
Biology major Zachary J. Resko (at left with Dr. Joseph McCormick) has been selected for the prestigious Goldwater Scholarship Award. Resko became one of only 252 sophomores and juniors nationwide to be selected from 1,150 nominees for the nation's premier undergraduate award in mathematics, science and engineering. Read More »
Abigail Cox (at right with Dr. Ben Kolber), a sophomore biology major, has won an American Physiological Society (APS) fellowship, an elite Undergraduate Summer Research Fellowship, to continue her study of gender differences in chronic pain. Read More »
Dr. Allyson O'Donnell (at left with her lab team), assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, was selected for a five-year, NSF Faculty Early Career Development Program Grant, which is awarded to less than 10 percent of all applicants. Read More »
Kate Sadler, a doctoral student in biology is now in her second year of receiving funding support through a National Research Service Award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Sadler developed a research proposal and graduate-student training plan while researching the brain's role in modulating bladder pain. Read More »