Jeffry D. Madura, Ph.D.Professor
Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
Chemistry & Biochemistry
Mellon Hall 320
Education:Ph.D., Physical Chemistry, Purdue University, 1985
B.A., Chemistry, Thiel College, 1980
Jeffry D. Madura is a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at Duquesne University located in Pittsburgh, Pa. He was Department Chair from 2000-2010.
Professor Madura earned a B.A. from Thiel College in 1980 and a Ph.D. in Physical Chemistry from Purdue University in 1985. The Ph.D. was followed by a postdoctoral fellowship in computational biophysics with Professor J. Andrew McCammon at the University of Houston.
Dr. Madura's research interests are in computational chemistry and biophysics. He has published more than 100 papers in physical chemistry and chemical physics. Dr. Madura has taught chemistry from undergraduate to graduate levels for 20 years and was the recipient of the 1997-1998 Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar Award. Dr. Madura is co-author to a textbook titled General Chemistry: Principles and Modern Applications as well as a co-author to a physical chemistry solutions manual.
Professor Madura was elected as an ACS Fellow in 2011, and in 2008 he was inducted into the Duquesne University Office of Research Hall of Fame. He also received the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences and the Duquesne University Presidential Award for Excellence in Scholarship in 2007 and the Bayer School of Natural and Environmental Sciences Award for Excellence in Service in 2004.
Research in the laboratory consists of the development and application of computational methods. Our research interests fall into the area of computational biophysics. We have studied antifreeze proteins at ice/water interfaces and interaction of N-acetylglucosamine with chitnase.
Current projects include the folding of small peptides in salt solution, and structure, function, and dynamics of monoamine transporters. Professor Madura is also one of the primary authors to the Brownian dynamics program UHBD, which is used to calculate the diffusion-controlled rate-constants for biomolecular encounters.
Professor Madura has taught both regular and honors General Chemistry, Physical Chemistry, Physical Chemistry for Life Sciences, Statistical Thermodynamics and Molecular Modeling courses. He has also created and currently runs a Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Sciences Workshop for one-half day on Designer Drugs. He has developed and taught six-hours of lecture and nine-hours of lab for the NSF/NIH Bioengineering and Bioinformatics Summer Institute and the NSF-sponsored TECBio program at the University of Pittsburgh.
ACS Fellow, 2011.
Duquesne University Office of Research Hall of Fame, 2008 Inductee.
Duquesne University President's Award for Excellence in Scholarship, 2007.
Bayer School of Natural & Environmental Sciences Award for Excellence in Scholarship, 2007.
Bayer School of Natural & Environmental Sciences Award for Excellence in Service, 2002.
Computational Chemistry Gordon Research Conference Chair, 1998.
Henry Dreyfus Teacher-Scholar, 1997.
Computational Chemistry Gordon Research Conference vice-chair, 1996