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Welcome to the Department of Biological Sciences

Undergraduate Programs        
Graduate Programs

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 and health professionals.

Accomplished faculty, committed to excellence in both teaching and research, prepare our students for post-graduate health professions 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, neuroscience, biomedical science, and physiology.

Watch the video to hear what students are saying about Biological Sciences at the Bayer School.


Honors and Highlights

Dr. Benedict KolberDr. Benedict Kolber has been awarded a 5-year NIH R25 Summer Research Experience grant with collaborators in Chemistry and Biochemistry and the Graduate School of Pharmacy. This award funds two innovative biomedical research undergraduate research programs.  These programs, the Pain Undergraduate Research Experience (PURE) and Neurodegeneration Undergraduate Research Experience (NURE) are available now to interested Duquesne and external students.


Dr. Sarah WoodleyDr. 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

Dr. Nancy Trun has received the 2016 Spirit of Learning Award by the Duquesne University Chapter of the national honor society Phi Kappa Phi.


Zachary ReskoBiology 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 CoxAbigail Cox (at right with Dr. Benedict Kolber), a biology major, 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 and lab teamDr. 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 »